Shanthiham provides psychological support services, such as counselling, to torture victims and those who are psychologically affected by the armed conflict in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The organisation was started in 1987, when the founders identified a gap in the provision of psychosocial support to war victims.
Their goal is to address the psychological effects of the armed conflict. Shanthiham believes the psychological healing of war-affected people – especially torture victims – is necessary to bring a sustainable peace. Even though armed conflict has generally ended, Shanthiham believes it is not really over until all are mentally healed of its impact.
Other than providing individual counselling, Shanthiham works with women and children through workshops, seminars and awareness programs for psychological support. They also work with families and at the community level where conflict has deeply affected people. The organisation has trained their own counsellors to work with the community and also trains psychosocial workers from the communities. As a part of their objective of healing the traumas of war, they Shanthiham provides library facilities on mental health, counselling and psychosocial welfare to the community.