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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Capacity Building in the Mental Health Sector – Myth or Reality?

Date: | Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Date: March 11 2013

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

“Like a parent leaving a child” is how one senior mental health professional expressed his sadness of the end of Voluntary Service Overseas’s (VSO) Mental Health Programme in Sri Lanka. Today is 28 February 2013, and the room I am sitting in is full with mental health policymakers, professionals, service users, and us, a group… → Read More

Let’s go fly a kite

Date: | Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Date: October 01 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

The skies above Galle Face Green, Colombo were full of handmade multi-coloured kites. Nothing unusual in this sight, as a long standing tradition and favourite pastime for families to come and spend hours flying their kites, eating ice cream, and walking along the beach at weekends. But this day is slightly different. The day is… → Read More

Say Cheese Please!

Date: | Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Date: July 16 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

It’s two in the afternoon on Poya Day or Full Moon Day in Sri Lanka, thirty one degree heat, and I am surrounded by children’s laughter and constant chatter. We are circling the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna district, studiously taking photos of the things we think… → Read More