Mental Health nursing in Sri Lanka

Shannon Flowers travelled to Sri Lanka for an elective placement to study mental health care in a developing nation.

As a student mental health nurse, I have always wanted to explore another healthcare setting and have been particularly interested in seeing how mental health is viewed in a developing country.

Earlier in the year I did just that, and took one of my hospital placements in Sri Lanka, with elective specialists Work the World .

When I first arrived at the hospital in Anuradhapura, one of the country’s ancient capitals, I was taken back by the size of the hospital and its many open areas. There was a lot about the hospital which surprised me, but it was functioning well, despite its clear lack of resources.

There were visitors and patients absolutely everywhere, in the waiting areas outside, walking around the grounds, and standing around