Mental health act soon

24 June 2010 04:10 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Indika Sri Aravinda


A mental heath act is being compiled and a draft document was handed over to Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Angoda mental hospital Director Dr. Jayan Mendis told Daily Mirror online.

He said that the aim of the act is to protect mental patients in Sri Lanka with only one hospital, the Angoda hospital, capable of treating and taking care of mental patients in the country.

Dr. Jayan Mendis said that the draft document has now been sent to the legal draftsman by the Health Minister in order to formulate the new act. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Ranjith Silvaranjith Thursday, 24 June 2010 05:02 PM

    Yes, this will help some MPs to take suitable actions and not to talk on "White Flags" any more.

    izzy Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:51 PM

    A richly deserved institution for our politicians!

    politicians Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:52 PM

    I am sure that both Peris & Kheliya will benefit from this bill.

    Claire Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:32 PM

    Patients with mental health problems get a very unfair deal. Once they are in, they are there forever. While there are many categories of mental illnesses only about 20% need long-term hospitalisation. The stigma attached to mental illness prevents many from being discharged to their homes, although with modern treatment, many could lead normal lives.

    pj Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:21 PM

    Everyone claims that our MPs are 'mentally ill.' If so, what about those who elected them?

    CW Friday, 25 June 2010 09:15 AM

    US banned the LTTE not to protect us. To protect them.

    Niroshan Saturday, 26 June 2010 09:48 AM

    Was this an idea of Mr Muthuhettigama.?

    Ariya Friday, 25 June 2010 12:26 AM

    It is 'ordinary us' who are increasingly vulnerable to stress, both before and after retirement. So, the proposed law is, truly, in the interest of 'ordinary us'!

    raj Friday, 25 June 2010 01:42 AM

    because Sri Lankans are mostly mentally ill, they have not yet been able to resolve their own problem through negotiations and compromise. Can this bill help to resolve the the ethnic problem?

    Lunatico Friday, 25 June 2010 01:42 AM

    Not the politicians who are mentally ill or lunatics but thousands of voters around Colombo suburbs including Gampaha who voted for Wimal Weerawansa, Paba,(Upkesha), Sanath Jayasooriya and such other characters who have never read the Constitution nor they have knowledge of what parliament is. Mental status of all voters must be improved

    bash Friday, 25 June 2010 02:08 AM

    We all are mentally ill, if not who will vote in such a regime of politicians... So at last they are thinking about our welfare

    Anu Friday, 25 June 2010 03:19 AM

    This bill will be good for managing mental health problem in the country and has a good public health potential. This is formed by the professionals who have understood the need of it for long time. The people who try to link this professional attempt again to politics will also benefit from the act.

    MaPer Friday, 25 June 2010 03:58 AM

    Most Sri Lankans suffer from AMNESIA. They have forgotten it was the Indians who nurtured the LTTE at the inception. They have forgotten that the US was one of the first countries to proscribe the LTTE - thanks to the untiring efforts of a Tamil Sri Lankan Minister Kadirgamar.

    gana Thursday, 24 June 2010 04:22 PM

    Humour side of this bill- Politicians are passing a bill to protect them selves

    citizen1 Thursday, 24 June 2010 04:29 PM

    Govt characters are making plans to protect themselves even in retirement. We will surely need more than one hospital to house this lot.

    RajasH Thursday, 24 June 2010 04:29 PM

    Very well timed.With the spate of price increases from milk to alocohl, people are getting stressed and going mad add to that the worry over losing GPS and the UN investigation all of which is done without asking the citizen.


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