In 1996, a group of expatriate Sri Lankan and British mental health professionals came together to find a practical way of working in partnership with professionals in Sri Lanka respond to the continuing war related trauma in the country. They held the first conference on the psychological aspects of trauma in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Medical Association in Colombo in 1996 and followed this up with a variety of workshops and training sessions for medical practitioners, policy makers and leaders in education.
In 1999, the group registered as the UK Sri Lanka Trauma Group (UKSLTG) Charity in the United Kingdom. UKSLTG has forged relationships with numerous individuals and voluntary bodies who are engaged in trauma and mental health work in Sri Lanka. These links serve to inform the group of areas of need where help can be channelled. See ‘Our Strategy’ for how we go about offering this help.