Sudana Rodrigo Sahana Foundation
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: + 94 34 22...
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Published on: Mar 4, 2016

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  • 1. Sudana Rodrigo Sahana Foundation Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala, Sri Lanka Tel: + 94 34 22 76036, 76134, 76173 Fax: +94 34 22 76037,+94 74 288205 Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, Weligama, Sri Lanka Tel: + 94 41 22 52994-5, Fax: +94 41 22 52993 E mail: Sahana Foundation Forum Theater Breathes Positive Outcomes as an Adjunctive Therapy in overcoming Mental Illness The Sudana Rodrigo Sahana Foundation of Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts is pleased to announce a Forum Theater performance by Abhina Academy of Performing Arts at Janakala Kendraya, Battaramulla on Tuesday, 18 June at 5:00pm. The performance and event will take place under the patronage of the Hon. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health, with other senior public service personnel from the Departments of Social Services, Probation and Child Care Services and the National Child Protection Authority in attendance. Additionally, Mental Therapy practitioners as well as academics in the fields of psychology and medical psychiatry in Sri Lanka will also be in attendance. Consultant psychiatrists at NIMH, Dr. KapilaRanasinghe, and Dr Neil Fernando have supported and provided guidance to Abhina Academy on their performances from a psychiatric, psychological and research perspective. In endorsing the performance and event, the Sahana Foundation’s key aim is to provide national awareness of mental illness in Sri Lanka and to remind viewers about the holistic practice of Ayurveda as a way of life. Ayurveda may be a preventive response for those at risk for long-term mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. The Sahana Foundation and Abhina Academy wholly support the establishment and sustenance of networks with patients and their families. Both organizations in their own fundamental ways create conduits to clients and their families in the communities that they are present in. In fact, the Abhina Academy of Performing Arts came into being largely as a result of founder Ms. AnojaWeerasinghe’s personal catharsis in working with tsunami victims. Ms. Weerasinghe’s artistic mind observed the need for clients to express themselves in a safe and non-judgmental environment and the obvious benefits to clients as well as to family members. Today, Abhina Academy’s mission is to bring awareness to the plight of the mentally afflicted in the country through the creative channels of drama, yoga and meditation. With support from sponsors, Abhina Academy conducts the workshops nationally. The primary goals of the workshops are to attend to the psychosocial needs of the differently abled as well as bring awareness to the challenges faced by this community in Sri Lanka. This is the second drama workshop performance that the Sahana Foundation is pleased to sponsor and support due to the overwhelming positive response and outcomes to clients of mental illness and their supportive families.

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