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

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...

The mentally ill in Bali: Chained and behind bars

Mental disorders’ treatment in Indonesia uses a hospital-based institution approach. Unfortunately, this approach is rather inadequate and incapable of providing the much needed mental health service to the population. As a result of this functional failure of this mental health model, many untreated mentally ill individuals are abandoned, permanently restrained, chained, or placed in cages by their families (pasung). Recently, the Indonesian government acknowledged the severity of the problem and is currently setting up plans and preparing to allocate funds...

ZDF, Germany came to help stopping human right violation in Bali

All persons with a mental illness, or who are being treated as such persons, shall be treated  with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.  They have the right to protection from economic, sexual and other forms of exploitation, physical or other abuse and degrading treatment. ZDF, as a public-service German television broadcaster based in Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz) and an independent non-profit institution trying to help the people with mental disorder in Bali who suffering from human right violation.


Der Spiegel, Germany reveals the mentally ill people chained up in Bali

Before Luh Ketut Suryani leaves paradise, she applies lipstick in the rearview mirror of her SUV. Suryani wants to look good when she encounters the horrors of the day. On this particular morning, she selects a deep red color. Then she takes her iPad from the passenger seat and spends a few minutes in preparation. Calmly moving her fingers across the screen, she reviews the medical histories of her patients, including their names, how long they have been kept locked up, and their diagnoses. Some of the case histories are 30 pages long, an attempt at order in the...