Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Welcome to the Suryani Institute for Mental Health.

"This non-profitable institute was established in 2005 and alongside its sister organizations, the Committee Against Sexual Abuse (CASA) and the Bali Elderly Welfare Foundation (Yayasan Wreda Sejahtera), is dedicated to creating a healthy and happy community on the Island of Bali. Through our academic, medical/psychiatric, educational, and social work, we strive to help the Balinese people become more intelligent, independent, creative, as well as physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually healthy.

Our approach follows a holistic model, we call biopsycho-spirit-sociocultural, which combines Western psychiatric/psychological mainstream paradigms (e.g. positive psychology) with Eastern and Balinese specific cultural and spiritual knowledge and beliefs. This approach recognizes the importance and interconnectedness of every person's mind (psychology), body (biology) and spirit that are influenced by and in return affect, positively or negatively, one's sociocultural environment and religious/spiritual beliefs."

My team and I (meet us here) invite you to explore our work, our mission, and our vision through this webpage


Professor Luh Ketut Suryani, MD, PhD


Recent News Headlines

A mental health miracle from North Bali

A boy from North Bali just born from a father whom was kept in a cage for 8 years by his family due to his mental illness. With the institute helps he manage to live normally in community, got marriage and now has 2 children. An innovative model of integrated community mental health was created in order to create a ground community-based prevention, treatment and rehabilitation system.

“Mental disorders’ treatment in Indonesia uses a hospital-based institution approach. As a result of this functional failure of this mental...

In search of different level of conciousness

First week of the year 2017 were colored by 12 young University of Vermont, US students and 2 faculty members who flew to Bali in search of consciousness, spirit, culture and community mental health. There is strong evidence that consciousness is a process that emerges in a highly interconnected network of neural cells, each of which is not a conscious entity.

“It will open a door toward new direction in our country to understand consciousness when we have the chance to explore and feel the real sense of it from Bali”, said David and Carla Osgood as the coordinator of the...

Season’s Greetings

We are apologize for our homepage hasn’t been actualized for some years now.

Season’s Greetings from the entire team of Suryani Institute for Mental Health.
Thank you very much for your valued support this year, 90 people in chained were found out of 350 people still hidden and not found. May your holiday be filled with the laughter, warmth, joy and love of family and friends.

We look forward to working hand in hand together again in 2017.




Tears in Paradise: International Photo Exhibition

In the celebration of the 69th Indonesian Independence Day, all Indonesian people remember and try to feel how the nation’s warriors along with the people across the country fought to gain independence from colonial Japan and the Netherlands. They proclaimed freedom and independence of the Nation of Indonesia on August 17, 1945 through Soekarno-Hatta. It was justice, rich, and prosperous. Unfortunately, there are still many who have not felt fair and prosperous. They are chained on the island paradise, Bali on the 69th Indonesia’s Independence Day. For...

Can Switzerland changes mental health situation in Bali?

The Swiss Health Observatory reported in August 2007 that 55 per cent of the population said they felt emotionally stable, up ten per cent on 1992. The number of people suffering from minor troubles like disturbed sleep patterns or nervous tension, as well as those with severe chronic problems dropped at the same time. However, more people have been consulting mental health professionals. Men are also more likely to see a specialist than women. Reduced stigma, better treatment and more understanding in the medical profession are said to be the reasons. Unfortunately...