Stress Test

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Mental illness is on the rise in the island but Sri Lankans prefer popping pills to pottering of to see a shrink. Ironically, psychiatrists don’t feel like treating Sri Lankan’s either. Mental illness is on the rise in the island but Sri Lankans prefer popping pills to pottering of to see a shrink. Ironically, psychiatrists don’t feel like treating Sri Lankan’s either. “Work related stress is one of the most common ailments now,” says Dr. Sunil Rathnapriya from Sahanaya, a leading non-governmental organisation proving mental health services in Sri Lanka.

Stress, depression and schizophrenia are the most common mental illnesses found in Sri Lanka and these are all on an upward trend.


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