Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Around 9000 people in the paradise island, Bali, suffering for chronic mental disorders, but the government still stand still without any changes in solving the problem. The institute still has to go door by door to visit the patients and distribute their help and donation from outside,  because the doctors and the nurses at the health centers doesn’t want to help these patients. They said they are busy and they don’t know how to handle mental disorders.

“It’s kind of strange to distribute more donation from outside the country rather than from our own people, although the  island awash with tourist dollars but no money can’t be set aside for mental health”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani during her visit to Rendang, Karangasem. The team has to deal with the rainy weather, but the heart to help is bigger than the soft gentle kiss from the sky.


Balinese in chains and cages – seems unimaginable in one of the world’s most sought-after tourist playgrounds, not to mention a destination that’s become almost a rite of passage for young Australian tourists and holidaymakers. East part of Bali in 2009 received 1 billion rupiah, or about $120,000, from Bali’s governor – enough to treat over 300 patients for one year. But, then, in December, he slashed that budget by 90% without consulting the institute, apparently after listening to jealous critics of the institute’s program.

Posted by cokyaya On April - 9 - 2011 Mental Health Project News

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