National Institute of Mental Health

Angoda, Sri Lanka

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Occupational Therapy Unit

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The OT unit at NIMH operates under the belief that by engaging people with mental health problems in meaningful activities or occupations, the unit can improve the patients' quality of life - benefiting both their physical and mental well being. Occupational therapy is not only about being busy, but also about engaging people in activities that facilitate recovery. This focus helps people regain skills lost due to their illness or develop new skills that can be used after they return to the community.
In addition, the OT unit provides patients with coping strategies to overcome the day-to-day challenges of life. The constantly evolving OT programme at NIMH aims to offer as much choice of activity as possible to support people on their road to recovery.

Patients are encouraged to select the activities they're interested in from among the following:

  • Coir work - Rugs and brooms
  • Handicrafts - Flower making, jewellery, paper work, greeting cards, patch works, carpets, soft toys
  • Cookery
  • Rattaning
  • Ekel broom making
  • Needle work
  • Carpentry
  • Textile weaving
  • Clay work
  • Candle making
  • Making paper bags
  • Computer and printing
  • Agriculture
  • Sewing

In addition, the following annual events are organized by the unit:

  • New year festival
  • Special Avurudu sales outlet at Vihara Maha Devi park
  • Two day trips
  • Exhibition of patient’s creations in the hospital premises.
  • Wesak Bakthi Gee programme.
  • National Mental Health Day programme every October
  • Annual calendar
  • Christmas carol programme.


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