Senior Staff Members

Cheif Administrator - Mr. Jayanth Mudalige

Mr Jayanth Mudalige, former Officer of the Sri Lanka Air Force was trained in India and Ukraine.
His rich knowledge, experience, together with his valuable skills and personnel management techniques and varied exposure gained at the Sri Lanka Air Force and the Private Sector, make him an efficient Officer whose contribution is immense and immeasurable in the management of the National Council for Mental Health at Borella and Gorakana.

Coordinator - Department of Information & Training - Mr. I. D. Danasiri

Mr. Danasiri has joined NCMH, National Council for Mental Health in the year 2005 and served as Coordinator, District Resource Centre , Kalutara. He also has served as the Administrative Officer, NCMH Resource Centre, Gorakana.

Mr. Danasiri accounts for 36 years experience in health affairs having servedthe Health Department as a Public Health Inspector, Supervising Public Health Inspector and Tutor Public Health at the National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara. He has been a Lecturer in Public Health and also a Visiting Lecturer at the Regional Training Centres in Galle, Kadugannawa and Kurunegala where the Public Health Inspectors are trained.

After retirement he has served as the National Coordinator of the School Health Clubs Programme funded by UNICEF and also as the Water and Sanitation Project Coordinator, sponsored by Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, in Galle District.

Mr. Danasiri has followed the Public Health Inspector Training Course, (1962/63) and has obtained the Certificate of Diploma for Public Health from the Royal Society of Health, England. In addition, he has had training in Community Health Management, Health Systems Research Methodology, Occupational Health, Educational Science. He has followed Master Trainer Programme in Mental Health and Psychosocial care, under the Child & Family Resilience Project conducted by Israel Psychologists and Psychiatrists at NCMH Institute of Mental Health, Gorakana, Panadura.

He also has followed a Family Planning Training Programme in Napal in 1990, Nutrition Training in Indonesia and Primary Health Care training in Thailand in 1993.

Mr. Danasiri’s excellent communication and PR skills have contributed to facilitate the efficient conduct of the Outreach Community Mental Health Care Programme, to which the management has given priority. He is an important component of this initiative.

Coordinator - Department of Rehabilitation - Mr. Gamini Subasinghe

Mr. Subasinghe has served the Sri Lanka Army for 33 years and has held the rank of Captain at retirement. Commencing from his first attachment at the Directorate of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps as a Commissioned Officer, where he has followed a nurses' training course, he has served the Military Hospital as a Nursing Officer and Administrative Officer at the Palaly Base Hospital, and Military Hospital, Colombo, as Staff Officer Grade III.

He has been decorated with a number of military honours including “Uththama Seva Padakkama” awarded for exemplary military career. He has gained ample experience in military administration and skills in nursing.

Mr.Subasinghe has been attached to the Skills Development and Rehabilitation Unit of the NCMH Resource Centre since 2004, Borella for the last five years and has assisted in many ways in the implementation of the programme for rehabilitation of those suffering from long-term mental illness. He has participated in a workshop for National Psychosocial Rehabilitation, conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Angoda, in collaboration with World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and also the inaugural workshop to Enhance the Skills of Teachers of Children with Disabilities, conduced by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment.

Coordinator - Department of Psychotherapist & Counselling - Ms Niro Waidyaratne

Ms. Niro Waidyaratne (Psychologist), has been actively involved in Counseling, Psychotherapy and Rehabilitation since the year 2000. Her counseling experience includes working with mentally ill patients, trauma victims, disturbed children, and clients with various disorders and addictions. She has been part of a few social service organisations that were instrumental in the rehabilitation of trauma victims of post tsunami and post war periods. With excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills and analytical skills to enhance her qualifications, she has the natural ability to motivate people to have a positive outlook.

A former student of Bishop’s College Colombo and also a teacher there for over a decade. She has worked in the Advertising Industry and has been in the Media also for many years. Being a sports person who represented her College in many sports, she excelled in the aquatic arena and represented Sri Lanka Spring Board & Platform Diving in the 80’s. She was appointed to a four member panel of selectors for Aquatic Sports, from the Ministry of Sport during the period 2001 – 2004.

Ms. Waidyaratne with her immense diversity of exposure, and experience, is part of our team in Counseling Department, at NCMH

Manager Training / Senior Mental Health Officer / Senior Counsellor - Mr. Hemanishantha Withanage

Mr. Hemanishantha Withanage who offers his service as a Senior Mental Health Officer, obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Kelaniya completing his research dissertation titled on the” efficacy on drama therapy on mental well being”.

He has been exposed to several training sessions on Psycho-social Skills Development and Psychological Counseling from the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), Government and non-Governmental organizations. He has contributed his service to the Institute of Psychological Studies (IPS) as a behavioral therapist, after successfully completing the Diploma in Psychological counseling in the same institute. He also obtained the membership at the Sri Lanka National Institute of Professional Counselors (SLNIPC).

Furthermore, Mr. Withanage, successfully completed the Diploma programmes in Peace and Conflict Process and mass media from the University of Colombo media foundation, as well as the media foundation of mass communication. This is a significant milestone in his academic achievements. He has been offering his tremendous service to the National Council for Mental Health since 2008.

Being a Justice of the peace (All Island) he is serving as the president of the Bandaragama mediation board in Mediation boards commission (Ministry of Justice)

Mental Health Officer/ Logistic Officer, Residential Facility Gorakana - Ms. Naddeka Premathilaka

Ms. Nadeeka Premathilaka joined the National Council for Mental Health in the year 2018 and working as the Mental Health Officer and Logistic Officer at Residential Facility Gorakana. She has got B.A. Honors special in Philosophy and Diploma inhuman Resources from University of Kelaniya. Ms. Nadeeka has also got Diploma in Counseling from Srilanka Mental Health Foundation, Colombo.

Matron In charge, Residential Facility Gorakana - Ms. Banduwathie Manike

Ms. Banduwathie Manike joined the National Council for Mental Health in the year 2016 and working as the Matron in charge, at Residential Facility Gorakana. She has been working as a Nursing Officer in the Ministry of Health for 15 years and she has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse in National Instutute of Mental Health Angoda and Mental Hospital Mulleriyawa for 05 years. Diuring this period she has followed a one year training program in mental health conducted by W H O. Ms. Menike has worked as a Public Health Nursing Sister for 05 years and as a Public Health Tutor for 04 years in the Ministry of Health.