In Sri Lanka, the only way to access mental health care is through hospitals and clinics. These services largely focus on the psychiatric aspect of mental health. Though this is important for many, access to hospital services is hindered by stigma, distance and a feeling that services won’t address the range of issues causing mental distress. What’s more, the settings in which these services are available are often uninviting or even frightening for those seeking care. CAFS was created to fill this gap in Sri Lanka’s mental health care system.
The CAFS Home
We wanted to move away from the traditional clinical setting to a more inclusive and secure space, built on the concept of “HOME”
A welcoming space where those who enter feel relaxed and at ease. Private and secure, where intimate issues can be discussed and worked through safely.
We look at building a space of care both literally and conceptually, paying attention to the physical elements as well as our interactions with service users which are shaped by our core values.
Founding Director/Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Suhaila Shafeek- Irshard
Director/ Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist and CAFS Intern Coordinator
Research and Clinical Coordinator
Community Outreach Coordinator