Samutthana, is the King’s College London Resource Centre for Trauma, Displacement and Mental Health. Samutthana means “renewal” or “regeneration” in Sanskrit. The project was established with the help of a generous grant from CAFOD by volunteers from the UK-Sri Lanka Trauma Group, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in the UK.
The main aim of Samutthana is to provide training and support for organisations and individuals responding to the mental health needs of those in Sri Lanka. The Samutthana Centre in Colombo houses a resource library of books, CD’s and journals for mental health professionals, counsellors, doctors, nurses, psychologists, teachers and others engaged in trauma, mental health and psychosocial work. Through the provision of material, resources and expert volunteers, the centre aims to help develop skills in mental health workers and continue to support, monitor and evaluate their work though supervision.