The students’ help desk is established to provide counselling services and necessary support for the students at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Sri Jayewardenepura ensuring confidentiality and privacy.


  • Offer a responsive, counselling and referral service to medical students experiencing a wide range and degree of emotional and psychological difficulties thus ensuring student retention, academic achievement and progression.
  • Providing front-line assessment, support and referral for students with acute and chronic mental health difficulties
  • Screen first year students for psychological problems

We offer services to students with:

  • Poor academic achievement
  • Relationship problems
  • Family disputes
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Financial difficulties
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Discrimination/harassment/abuse

How to Access Help

Students have the option of choosing a student counsellor (internal academic counsellor or an external counsellor) or directly contact psychiatric services provided by the Department of Psychiatry.

Services by designated student counsellors

During working hours (Monday – Friday 8 am to 4 pm)

External student counsellors are independent counsellors attached to the UMO office. They will provide their service with competence and abiding strictly by the ethical standards of counselling. They would not be your teachers or examiners or attached to the FMS, USJP in any manner.

A student can obtain an appointment and meet an external student counselor by calling University Medical Center hotline (0113413488, 0112803199) 

Counselling schedule and contact details of external student counselors will be available in the University medical center web page.

Internal Student Counselors

There are four designated student counselors. You may drop a text message or call and obtain an appointment. Fixing a time at your convenience is possible.

Dr. Sajith Edirisinghe

Department of Anatomy
Mobile: 071 6090858

Dedicated time for counselling
Monday 12.00 – 1.00 pm

Dr. Chandana Hewage

Department of Physiology
Mobile: 071 4422326

Dedicated time for counselling
Thursday 12.00 – 2.00 pm

Dr. Maduri Vidanapathirana

Department of Pathology
Mobile: 077 3401929

Dedicated time for counselling
Tuesday 12.00 – 2.00 pm

Prof. Kamani Gunasekera

Department of Microbiology
Mobile: 071 8329772

Dedicated time for counselling
Friday 12.00 – 2.00 pm

Dr. Chaminda Hunukumbure

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Mobile: 071 4785836

Dedicated time for counselling
Wednesday 12.00 – 2.00 pm

External Student Counselors

Mr. Ishan Edirisooriya

Clinical Psychological Counsellor
Mobile: 071 4018383

Ms. Rasika Manohari

Mobile: 071 4306249

Ms. Lakmali P.P.U.

Mobile: 071 5735470

Ms. Kalyani Jayasinghe

Psychological Counsellor
Mobile: 071 4402430

You may text or call directly. You may also book an appointment through the University Family Practice center reception counter.

Services by the Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Dulsghika Waas, Dr. Prasangika Senaviratne Alles and Dr. Lukshika Amarakoon are Consultant Psychiatrists (Senior Lecturer, Department of psychiatry) available either at CSTH ward 33 (Manasuwa piyasa) or at the Department of Psychiatry.

Students can contact the Department of Psychiatry and get an appointment for a session to be conduct at the Department of Psychiatry during working hours.

Contact number – working hours

Department of psychiatry – 0112802497
Twenty four hour walk in services are available at CSTH ward 33 either directly or through OPD. Students can get the access to a consultant psychiatrist through the on call doctor.

Ward 33 CSTH
0112832955, 0112763063-5 (Ext- 2522, 2524, 2162)