Graduate heads to Sri Lanka to expand her knowledge of global mental health

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tilly Wensley

In August 2016, Oxford Brookes University graduate Tilly Wensley, travelled to Sri Lanka to undertake a voluntary Mental Health Placement with SLV Global.

SLV Global is a graduate-led volunteering organisation, which runs psychology-focused placements in Sri Lanka, Bali and Indonesia, providing psychology students with valuable hands-on work experience. 

Tilly took the opportunity to utilize and develop important skills in her chosen field of study and developed an in depth understanding of mental health from an additional cultural perspective, as she explains: “I had the most amazing experience in Sri Lanka. I worked on some amazing projects from teaching in temples, special needs facilities and mental health hospitals. The work was just a small part of the amazing experience.

I worked on some amazing projects from teaching in temples, special needs facilities and mental health hospitals. The work was just a small part of the amazing experience.

Tilly Wensley, Psychology graduate

“I made life-long friends from all over the world, I now have a family in Sri Lanka (when I say family they truly do become your family). I learnt sinhala and the traditions and customs of a culture very different to my own.”

During her placement, Tilly and the rest of the volunteer team planned and ran therapeutic activity sessions in psychiatric facilities for individuals living with a wide range of mental health issues. In addition to their time at the hospital, volunteers also worked at numerous schools and social initiatives for children and adults with disabilities, and taught English in the local community.

More information about placements run by SLV Global can be found on the SLV Global website.

Information about undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology can be found on the Oxford Brookes University Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health webpages