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Welcome to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Colombo, Sri Lanka

“mens sana in corpore sano” - (a healthy mind in a healthy body)

Welcome to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Sri Lanka website. Our aim is to provide and promote positive mental health and wellness services and education and training opportunities for all. We have been operating successfully since our inception in Colombo 03 in August 2007 as a private educational and research institute and we conduct regular short-duration small group and individual courses and training programs in general psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, life coaching, child psychology, educational psychology, abnormal psychology, and the psychology of addiction and substance abuse. We also conduct regular public seminars and workshops on relevant and important topics related to Psychology and Mental Health in Colombo and Kandy.

We also provide confidential and personalized psychological counseling and psychotherapy sessions and consultations on request for individuals (teens, adults, couples, elderly citizens) and groups. Clinical hypnotherapy consultations and sessions are also made available for students, clients, organizations and the general public for effective relaxation and stress management, phobia cure, overcoming anxiety and mild depression and for achieving accelerated behavioural changes and personal growth.

Institute of Mental Health - Most Innovative Counselling Services Sri Lanka - Global Excellence Awards 2017 - Certificate

International Conference on Applied Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health - 2018 Congress is scheduled to be held on November 26-27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The 2018 Conference Theme is: Improving Physical and Mental Well-being through Psychological & Psychiatric applications in Diverse and Challenging Settings.  - Applied Psychology Congress 2018

https://appliedpsychology.psychologysummit.com/

Please take some time to explore this site and drop us a line if you require any more information or clarification about our professional and confidential counseling and psychotherapy services, clinical hypnotherapy services, our psychology and mental health related courses/classes, or if you have any other suggestions or comments.

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We wish you health and happiness and we look forward to hear from you soon!

Opening Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Honorary Patron of the IMH

H.E. Amb. Maj. Gen. Lord Dr. Kumar Divakar Chandra Sarkar, MD, DPS(Public Service), DIA (International Affairs & Human Rights), PhD (Arbitration), LHD (Human Laws), DM (Business Management & HRD), DHS. - Secretary General & Ambassador at Large Extraordinary,                  International Board of Directors & Trustees, ICDRHRP UN-IGO (California, USA).

IMH Board of Management 

Amb. Dr. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe, OLS, KStI, KGCOMR, K.St.J., Ph.D.(Hon.), DPS(USA), Dh.C.(Florida), B.Sc.(USA), FRSPH(UK), FTBCCT(UK), Grad.Dip.Ed.(London), MBCS(UK), M.Inst.Psy, H.I.Dip.(Compl. Therapies), Dip.Human Rights (SL) - Founder and Director of Studies. Vice President for South Asia, Ambassador at Large Extraordinary and High Commissioner for Social Economy and Mental Health Science, ICDRHRP UN-IGO, (California, USA)  

 Mrs. J. A. Shiranee Jayasinghe, LL.B.(SL), Dip.Mgmt(SL), Attorney-at-Law, Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths, Registered Company Secretary   Academic and Examinations Registrar 

Dr. Kalharie Pitigala, Ph.D.(Uni. of Colombo), MBS (Uni. of Colombo), B.Sc. (Psy.), B.Sc.(Hons.), Adv.Dip.Coun.Psy.(SL), Dip.Psy.C.(SL) Dip.Edu.Psy.   Senior Lecturer, Psychotherapist and Deputy Academic Registrar

VISITING LECTURERS

Dr. Priyangi Puvanenthirarasa, MBBS(India), MITBCCT(UK), Dip.Psyc.C.(SL), Dip.CAP(SL)

Ms. Udhara Munasinghe, B.Sc., M.Sc., PG.Dip.(Counselling & Psychosocial Support) MITBCCT(UK), CLC

Ms. Lakmi Hettiaratchi, B.A.(Bangalore), MITBCCT(UK), M.Sc. Business Psychology (UK) 

Ms. Maduki P. Nanayakkara, B.Sc. Hons. (Psychology), CLC, HND(Psy.), Dip.Edu.Psy., Dip.CAD, Dip.Psyc.C., Cert.(Addiction Psy.), Cert.(Drugs Counselling, NDDCB-SL)

Team of IMH Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Workplace Emotional Health Programme

Employee assistance programme which provides a dedicated hotline service.

Emotional Resilience Programme

Workshops designed to teach skills and coping techniques related to resilience.

Crisis Management Consultancy

Customised workshop for organisations to better manage workplace crises.

 

The Institute of Mental Health is an Affiliate Organization Member of the World Federation for Mental Health - WFMH, USA.

 

The IMH is Accredited with a 5 Star Grading by The International Commission for Diplomatic Relations, Human Rights and Peace (ICDRHRP), Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO), California, USA.

 

The Institute of Mental Health is an Affiliated Institution of Medicina  Alternativa (MA) and The Open International University for Complementary Medicines (Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka) Charter of Medicina Alternativa, Alma Ata, 1962.

 

The Institute of Mental Health  is Affiliated with the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA), USA, via its Founder and Director Dr. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe who is an Individual Member of the IVETA, USA.

 

Affiliated with The Canadian Health Sciences Institute (TCHSI), IGO, Canada.

 

The IMH is a Member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), New Zealand.

Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Colombo - Sri Lanka.

Welcome to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Open Group page. The IMH was founded as a Private Educational and Research Institute by Dr. Romesh Jayasinghe Ph.D.(Hon.) Dh.C.(Florida) B.Sc. (USA) FRSPH(UK) FTBCCT(UK) MBCS(UK) M.Inst.Psy Grad.Dip.Ed.(UK) on the 21st of August 2007 in Colombo 03, Sri Lanka. The IMH is an Affiliate Organization Member of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH, USA) and an Affiliated Institution of Medicina Alternativa (MA) and The Open International University for Complementary Medicines (OIUCMED) in Sri Lanka. The IMH and all its courses are fully Recognized and Accredited with a 5 Star Grading/Rating by the International Commission of Diplomatic Relations, Human Rights and Peace (ICDRHRP), USA, an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) registered and having Consultative Status with UN-DESA (United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and other International organizations. The IMH is also fully Accredited and Affiliated with the International Open University of Humanity, Health Science and Peace (IOUHHSP) and also with The Canadian Health Sciences Institute - TCHSI, Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO), Canada.

NOTE / DISCLAIMER: This group will not be moderated by a physician, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease or prescribe medicine. By reading from & participating in this group, you understand & accept that no person, neither the Administrators, Officers, nor any Group Member will be held responsible for the content of this page that you employ or subscribe to in your own life. Each member and participant should consult her/his own, primary health & wellness care providers regarding specific, wellness safety & healing indications. This group simply, serves as a collective, community gathering place to give and receive support, information & share a common interest.

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2 days ago

Let's welcome our new members:

Dinili Seneviratne,
Rainer Niederkofler,
Fazna Fazna,
Lakshika Kapukotuwa,
Indeewari Colombage

3 days ago

"We think these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new sense. One that serves as the entry point for how the brain knows when the stomach is full of food and calories. It brings legitimacy to idea of the 'gut feeling' as a sixth sense."
#gutfeeling #evolutionarybiology #vagusnerve #cognition
#neuroscience #consciousness #optogenetics

While the clinical implications of these findings still remain unclear, they could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity, eating disorders, and even depression and autism, which have been linked to a poorly functioning gut. Moreover, they help explain why stimulating the vagus nerve with electrical signals can treat severe depression and perhaps, why eating makes us feel good―or sometimes bad.

The gut-brain connection: newly discovered neural circuit directly links the brain to the gut

A study published on 21 September in Science has provided evidence of a newly discovered neural network used by gut cells to rapidly communicate with the brain . The results reveal a direct connection to the brain through a neural circuit that allows it to transmit signals in just seconds, much faster than the endocrine system―the collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate metabolism, as well as growth, development, and mood.

It is well-known that the gut talks to the brain by sending hormones that let you know when you’re hungry or you’ve eaten enough, or even too much. But now it has been confirmed that cells talk to the brain via electrical signals, an observation first made by Diego Bohórquez, a neuroscientist from Duke University, and colleagues. They observed that enteroendocrine cells of the gut possess protrusions resembling synapses of neurons―which is how neurons normally communicate with each other.

The human gut is lined with over 100 million nerve cells. To determine whether gut cells and neurons communicate via the same interactions that nerve cells to communicate with each other, the team injected a fluorescent rabies virus known to be transmitted through neuronal synapses into the colons of mice to find out whether their neuronal counterparts would become fluorescent too―which they did. The partner neurons were discovered to be vagal neurons, and newly named neuropod cells of the gut were shown to stretch out and interact with them to form synaptic connections.

Interestingly, another study published just one day earlier on September 20 in the journal Cell has provided further insights into these important connections between the gut and brain (2). In the complementary study, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified what they refer to as the “vagal gut-to-brain axis” as an essential component of the brain system that regulates reward and motivation. To reach this conclusion, the researchers used state-of-the-art optogenetics to stimulate sensory neurons linked to the gut with lasers, which produced reward sensations that mice worked hard to repeat. The stimulation also increased dopamine levels―a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter―in the brains of rodents.

4 days ago

Let's welcome our new members:

Yasendra Mannada,
Ahmed Abdelgayed,
Amanda Brittany,
Maya Dissanayake,
Samudra De Zoysa,
Nvga Hemantha Kumara,
Sehan Galappaththi

4 days ago

I speak therefore I become...

Jason Silva

I speak therefore I become...

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is a private Educational & Research Institute founded by Certified Master Life Coach, Psychotherapist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Dr. Romesh Jayasinghe Ph.D.(Hon., USA) Dh.C.(USA) FRSPH(UK) FTBCCT(UK) MBCS(UK) M.Inst.Psy on the 21st of August 2007 in Colombo-03. The IMH is an Affiliate Organization Member of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH, USA) and an Affiliated Institution of the Open International University for Complementary Medicines (OIUCMED) in Sri Lanka. The IMH and all its courses are fully Recognized and Accredited with a 5 Star Grading by the International Commission of Diplomatic Relation Human Rights and Peace (ICDRHRP), an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) registered with UNDESA and other International organizations.

Our aim is to provide and promote positive mental health and wellness services and psychology education and training opportunities for all in Sri Lanka. We have been operating successfully since our inception in Colombo 03 in 2007 as a private educational institute and we conduct regular short-duration small group and individual courses and training programs in counselling and psychotherapy, child psychology, general and applied psychology and mental health leading to the final award of the IMH Diploma in Psychology & Counselling.

We also provide confidential and personalized psychological counseling and psychotherapy sessions and consultations on request for individuals (teens, adults, couples, elderly citizens) and groups. Hypnotherapy self-hypnosis Audio CD’s are also made available for sale to our students, clients, organizations and the general public for effective relaxation and stress management and for achieving accelerated cognitive-behavioural change and personal growth.

At present, all our counselling and educational & training services and courses are conducted only in the English language medium of communication and instruction.

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There's more to life than being happy. Focus on meaning instead.

Watch the full TED Talk here: http://bit.ly/2I7gC2S

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)

TED

There's more to life than being happy. Focus on meaning instead.

Watch the full TED Talk here: http://bit.ly/2I7gC2S

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)2 weeks ago

Angry people are more likely to overestimate their intelligence.

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)

Hashem Al-Ghaili

Angry people are more likely to overestimate their intelligence.
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Today, 10 September, marks World Suicide Prevention Day 2018.

We are happy to announce that British Council Sri Lanka partnered with Ashanthi de Alwis for the launch of her latest music video, to raise awareness on the level of female suicides in Sri Lanka and address root causes that are ignored in a conservative society.
https://youtu.be/N8qlcQQv8wA

Institute of Mental Health (IMH)

British Council Sri Lanka

Today, 10 September, marks World Suicide Prevention Day 2018.

We are happy to announce that British Council Sri Lanka partnered with Ashanthi de Alwis for the launch of her latest music video, to raise awareness on the level of female suicides in Sri Lanka and address root causes that are ignored in a conservative society.
https://youtu.be/N8qlcQQv8wA