Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - THIS & THAT -

Four weeks af­ter the deadly ter­ror­ist at­tacks on Easter Sun­day, life is still a long way from re­turn­ing to nor­mal. Liv­ing in the dig­i­tal age, so­cial me­dia and mes­sag­ing apps like Face­book, In­sta­gram or What­sapp will not let us move on. With con­stant up­dates on the govern­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the at­tacks along with the vi­ral cir­cu­la­tion of grue­some CCTV footage and pic­tures, peo­ple are be­ing sub­jected to a con­stant in­for­ma­tion over­load.

This has ul­ti­mately dis­torted our view of the mun­dane and height­ened our sense of ter­ror; a lorry parked out­side an apart­ment com­plex or even in­di­vid­u­als car­ry­ing back­packs in­duce sus­pi­cion and stress. Mean­while, the loved one­sof those killed and in­jured are still grieving and the rest of us are drown­ing in a whirlpool of para­noia.

Healthy Life Clinic, a health es­tab­lish­ment in Colombo re­puted for pro­vid­ing fam­ily health so­lu­tions, com­pre­hen­sive di­a­betes care and cor­po­rate health and well­ness pro­grammes, has led the way in of­fer­ing men­tal sup­port ser­vices to those di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fected by the at­tacks. Here, they mainly fo­cus on those who may have fallen through the cracks of the typ­i­cal sup­port sys­tems at work or home.

These may in­clude first re­spon­ders to the scene like se­cu­rity forces, med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, fire­fight­ers, in­di­vid­u­als ex­posed to and af­fected by the dev­as­ta­tion through news chan­nels and con­ver­sa­tion or even those tasked with Healthy Life Clinic, has led the way in of­fer­ing men­tal sup­port ser­vices to those di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fected by the at­tacks clearingup the de­bris at the site. Healthy Life Clinic’s Chief Con­sul­tant and founder Dr. Kay­athri Periasamy said that the ini­tial phase of shock and de­nial has come to an end but peo­ple are still grieving.

“We as peo­ple have be­gun to reeval­u­ate how we do things and in many cases, our be­lief sys­tems. An ex­is­ten­tial dilemma is gov­ern­ing some peo­ple’s minds as to why it hap­pened in places of wor­ship and the pur­pose of life it­self,” said Dr. Periasamy. How­ever, while most peo­ple go through the five stages of grief - de­nial, anger, bar­gain­ing, de­pres­sion and ac­cep­tance - with lit­tle to no help, there is a group of in­di­vid­u­als who can­not move past tragedy as quickly as oth­ers. Dr. Perisamy dis­cussed the three unique ways these men­tal boul­ders can present them­selves to peo­ple.

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