Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Suryani Institute for Mental Health

The 2nd episode at National Public Radio with topic: mental development in childhood. Suicide cases become an indicator of mental development disturbance in society. Elderly and young children has chosen an instant solution relates to instant education system without understanding of mental development stages in children. Every child perceive and react differently with a same stimulus.

“Let the children grow freely as the parents need to understand their normal development. It does not take an expert to observe the many magnificent changes that take place in a human being from the time of birth through early childhood and beyond. Parents lovingly mark these changes in baby books and with photographs. Other relatives remark at the new abilities that babies seem to acquire daily”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani during the interactive program. “The changes in a child’s cognitive ability are via interactions between developing brain and child’s increasing knowledge of the world, for those reason environment full with aggression and cruelty with create a dangerous society”, add Dr Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana.

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First appearance at National Public Radio dialogue in year 2017 with topic: challenges and opportunities in year 2017. What should we do when public policies are not on public side? Many Balinese died from traffic accident, suicide, HIV/AIDS, homicide, and other crimes, but unfortunately no prevention works have ever done to review the policies.

“In an island where people believe life is like in a paradise, an instant solution to commit suicide has become a trend”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani during the interactive session. National Public Radio in Denpasar has become one of the media to reach more audience in making prevention work on mental health. Dr Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana as one of the speaker in the interactive program also bring his concern to government failure in looking the fact of mental health situation.

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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 those situation is far from near with the reality of mental health situation in Bali.

“A large number of mentally ill people in Bali are essentially abandoned, permanently kept under restrains, chained or in makeshift cages by their families, or community (pasung)”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani to Fritz Schaap a Switzerland journalist who sure that an article in a Swiss magazine will generate decent fund to help the Balinese people. “The conditions all these individuals are kept in would have been considered inhumane even for livestock in the West”, comment Fritz to Suryani during a shocking visit to meet the reality in Bali.

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“The practice of pasung in Bali is a disgrace to our culture and a direct gross violation of human rights, while it has also contributed to the rise of suicide cases in Bali (approximately 150 suicides per year)”, add Suryani with misery. World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that, by the year 2030, mental disorders will be one of the leading causes of the global disease burden. Mental disorders are associated with significant long-term disability and decreased physical and psycho-social functioning. Poor mental health significantly contributes to a cycle of poverty, wherein people who experience social hardship and poverty are at an increased risk of mental illness, and conversely those with mental illness are at an increased risk of poverty. While most countries have mental health policies and plans, and many have mental health legislation, the standards and quality of mental health service provision vary widely between and within countries. Stigma associated with psychiatric conditions and lack of community acceptance of mental illness remains a major barrier throughout the region. Can Switzerland help to change mental health situation in Bali?

Posted by cokyaya On December - 3 - 2013 Mental Health Project News

Inadequacy of mental health system in Bali and the existence of two conflicting or at best uncoordinated therapeutic approaches (the traditional vs. medical interventions), both the prevalence of mental illness and the conditions of non-referrals have been largely unknown. Through a series of anecdotal evidence, reports from other provinces in Indonesia, and personal observations, a larger number of mentally ill individuals existed in the
community that were unreported and thus untreated.

“We’re trying to educate the health provider in the public health center on mental health issues, so they can aware in creating a healthy community they need also to incorporate the mental health”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the founder and director of Suryani Institute for Mental Health during her time giving workshop in Karangasem regency, where it is the one regency with the highest reported suicide rates on the island.

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