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Community Psychiatry in a Sri Lankan setting: Should we rush to push the boundaries?

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Author(s): Rajiv Weerasindera

Journal: Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry
ISSN 2012-6883

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: community psychiatry | Sri Lanka

ABSTRACT
Sri Lanka is preparing to introduce new mental health laws incorporating aspects of community care amidstglobal acceptance of Community Psychiatry as theideal model of service delivery in mental health.However, this model needs to be reviewed not onlybecause of the high financial and human resources it requires but also in light of recent reports that ithas not yielded expected results in some developingcountries. A more practical framework, incorporatingthe many specific factors of the milieu in which itoperates, is advocated especially for a country such asSri Lanka with its distinctive advantages and limitations
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