Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Community psychiatry as community base treatment is defined by mixed systems of care for patients with severe and persistent mental disorders, which the focus of the initial movement 50 years ago was de-institutionalization, prevention, least restrictive options for care, and transformation of large public hospitals into multi-service regional centers. Unfortunately this situation was not applied to Indonesian and Bali’s mental health system. There are 300 people still left enchained in Bali.

“A while ago I saw the story about your work on Dateline in Australia and was deeply moved by the amazing work you do for the mentally ill in Bali”, said Cameron Herweynen, a Melbourne based international award winning Documentary and Travel photographer during his visit to Professor Luh Ketut Suryani.




“I’m coming to Bali and would love to offer my photography to help your institute, in the hope of showing the world the state of mental illness in Bali through my images, for the purpose of raising your profile and getting more donations”, add Cameron as he saw the irony of the reality behind the glamor tourism of the island. Inadequate mental health system support and insufficient hospital-based interventions leave many patients in restrain or untreated. Outreach services have not been nationally promoted as a means of improving access and mental health outcomes.



Posted by cokyaya On June - 10 - 2011 Mental Health Project News

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