#iamwithyousl – Break the Stigma Campaign 2018

What is Stigma?

There are still attitudes within most societies that view symptoms of psychopathology as threatening and uncomfortable, and these attitudes frequently foster stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems.

Mental health stigma can be divided into two distinct types: social stigma which is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behaviour directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given. In contrast, perceived stigma or self-stigma is the internalizing by the mental health sufferer of their perceptions of discrimination. Perceived stigma can significantly affect feelings of shame and lead to poorer treatment outcomes.

The Campaign


​The purpose of this campaign is to break the stigma surrounding mental health by spreading awareness to the Sri Lankan population.

We aim to reduce the misconceptions that Sri Lankans have about people who suffer with mental illnesses, remove labeling, help people accept others for who they are rather than what they are being labelled as and reduce overall suicide rates by breaking the stigma.

Come join us as we begin to educate Sri Lanka about Mental Health, and give it our best shot to reduce stigma. If you wish to support us, here are the different ways in which you can be a part of our campaign.

1. Social Media Campaign

Option A – Post a photo of yourself, holding a quote/statement and a caption of your choice along with the hashtag #iamwithyouSL.

​Option B – Post a photo of yourself holding only the hashtag #iamwithyouSL and state your story or message in the caption below.

or either of these posts don’t forget the hashtag #iamwithyouSL and to tag our Instagram page @cafs_srilanka

Share your story

You’re welcome to write articles about your own experience with mental illness, or articles that talk about mental health in terms of your views and understanding of it, or the state of mental health in Sri Lanka etc.

You may write anonymously or include your name. Please email your articles to cafslanka@gmail.com. These articles will be reviewed and posted on our blog. Any edits that we make to the article will first be run by you prior to posting.

Create video content with us

Join us by making video content, either through animations or just narrating your story to viewers! Upload your video, tag @cafs_srilanka on Instagram or @LIVEBecauseitsworthit on Facebook and don’t forget to use our hashtag #iamwithyousl. 

2. Open Mic Night

Performing at the open mic
Assisting in organizing the open mic (Venue, sponsors etc.)
Finding potential performers

For more details please feel free to contact Sanchia on 0779605617 or email us at cafslanka@gmail.com.

3. Outreach

Pledge to support another in need

We will be conducting a series of workshops to educate individuals on how to identify signs of mental illness and how to help someone who is going through any issues surrounding mental health. You may attend these workshops with your friends to better educate yourself and at the end of a workshop you will be given a wristband stating that you pledge to support another in need.

If you are part of an institute/university/company in or out of Colombo who would be interested in hosting one of these workshops please let us know as we would be happy to facilitate such. If indeed you find the campaign an interesting participation opportunity, together with our team you can spread awareness for Mental Health and help break the stigma.

Please be kind enough to contact Mrs. Giselle Daas at cafslanka@gmail.com or call us on 0779605617 / 0764067004.

Let’s talk about mental health

The team at CAFS took the campaign to the streets. We visited places such as Independence Arcade, Racecourse and the Good Market where we assessed the level of knowledge that the people of Colombo have on mental health and mental illnesses. People of different walks of life such as security guards, young people walking around, older adults, couples, cleaners and foreigners were filmed while answering 4 questions;

What is mental health according to you?
What do you think a mental illness is?
How can you help a person who is going through a mental illness?
Where do you think you can get professional help?

They were also given an orange and a leaflet that contained information on the four questions.



Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or professional background...We at CAFS encourage people to be a part of our volunteer team

50/13 Old Kesbewa Rd, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

+94 76 406 7004 / +94 11 7446919

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