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Sachini Akuretiya

Sachini Akuretiya

Mental Health Expert

Sachini Akuretiya is a dedicated Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Practitioner specializing in holistic solutions for communities in Sri Lanka grappling with complex histories of violence and conflict. Operating as an independent consultant, she has developed MHPSS models and programs while facilitating the integration of community-based approaches into initiatives that foster healing and resilience. With a decade of experience working with International Humanitarian Aid Organizations, Sachini provides crucial technical assistance to governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups.

Her focus on transitional justice and peace-building processes has resulted in impactful MHPSS initiatives that engage conflict-affected communities, nurturing social cohesion and inclusivity. Sachini holds a Master of Science in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of West London, UK, and a Master’s in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid from the KALU Institute, Spain. Her commitment to continuous growth is evident through her participation in programs like The IOM Summer School in Psychosocial Interventions in Migration, Emergencies, and Displacement, as well as The Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program offered by Harvard Medical School.

Her diverse interests encompass Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), community-based programming, peace-building, social cohesion, reconciliation, and capacity-building at both national and local levels. Sachini’s warm and dedicated approach resonates through her passion for empowering communities and constructing programs where communities are pivotal decision-makers, contributing to the nurturing of stronger, interconnected communities even in the face of adversity.

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