MNMHI introduces ‘Garden Therapy’ for abandoned cured patients


Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena accepts a pineapple from one of the nurses at the Mulleriyawa National Mental Health Institute during his visit to the Institute to inspect Garden Therapy programme initiated for occupants of Unit II. The Director of the Institute, Dr. Jayan Mendis is also in the picture.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Mulleriyawa National Mental Health Institute has introduced a new therapeutic method of healing to over five hundred of its former patients. The Spokesman for the Health Ministry said on Tuesday (12) that the Hospital had introduced ‘Garden Therapy’, for the first time in Sri Lanka.

He said some women had been cured of their mental illnesses but had nowhere to go. They had either been abandoned by their families, or have no relatives or there was no one to take responsibility for them. A section of the Institute has been allocated to them and is known as ‘Unit II.’

GT has been initiated in collaboration with the students of Royal College Colombo. The students have provided the knowledge. GT is practiced for inward patients in many parts of the world to help patients maintain mental focus.

The spokesman said the GT had proved very successful at the MNMHI as the occupants of Unit II have planted vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. They are responsible for them and are also able to sell the produce, he added.

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