Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Suryani Institute for Mental Health

There are 725,000 severely mentally ill Indonesians who receive no treatment at all and some of them in restrained condition. A sad situation but even that central government of Indonesia do nothing and prefer to just simply said “It’s terrible. It’s a situation that should not happen. Not only in terms of psychiatric diseases but in terms of humanity”. There are no willingness to help nor admit their foult of creating useless program in treatment the mental disorder. Most of the psychiatrists in the nation just prefer to work behind the desk and just said “The biggest problem for [Indonesians] is collective denial”. In a sense they just want to say, “We wait the patients but there’s no body coming to our hospital”

One treatment model gaining increasing interest is the work of Dr Luh Ketut Suryani, a remarkable Balinese psychiatrist who used traditional spiritualism and meditation – as well as anti-psychotic drugs – to achieve results with those in pasung. ”Most important of all is the acceptance back to the family, the community,” she says. ”One pasung patient we cared for was in [confinement] for over 40 years. It took us three months, three injections and some therapy. The last time we visited him, he was doing well. Back with his family and communicating with others in the village.”

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Posted by cokyaya On June - 28 - 2010 Mental Health Project News

In order to be able to speak about community mental health care it is necessary to make radical changes not only the form of psychiatric institutions, but also in their intrinsic characteristics.  In other words, it is not only the asylum which has demonstrated its therapeutic ineffectiveness, but the entire psychiatric paradigm, said Maurizio Constantino who was the operational director and co-ordinator for the Trieste Mental Health Department in Italy during his visit with Professor Suryani. He feels the community mental health in Bali that brought up by Professor Suryani is what the developing country need when the community still play a strong rule. He also doesn’t surprise when the government try to not loose their face in front of the people by building mental health hospital as their castle.


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Posted by cokyaya On June - 27 - 2010 Mental Health Project News

As one of the leading national television in Indonesia, SCTV wants to broadcast the reality of life in Bali. In the same spirit, that policy has placed a strong emphasis on building individual competence in all aspects to refine the knowledge base while nurturing the talents, creativity and initiative. This is the key to strengthen our position as one of SCTV leading television broadcasters in Indonesia. There’s the darkside of paradise that little people known from Bali as the island of God. For this purpose the search for the most influential people in the island, Professor Suryani. “We want our source about this condition from the expert and the most repectful person, because we think it’s a senstive matter for the government that cut 90% of the budget for treating mental disorder in the island”, said Sufi as the producer of the program.

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Posted by cokyaya On May - 28 - 2010 Mental Health Project News

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), registered under the Australian Quality Training Framework (ATQF) and is registered to deliver, assess and issue Nationally Recognised Qualifications to its clients, Australian First Aid willing to fly across the continent to respons the call of help from Professor Luh Ketut Suryani. After seeing the reality from SBS broadcast on Bali’s Miracle Worker, John Haines, Managing Director at Australian First Aid and Aileen Haines from the Accounts Department of AFA can not stand to hand their help.

“From the first moment I saw her (Suryani) on TV, my heart just pounding and said that I have to help this woman”, said John after their first meeting in Bali. He admited that he just believe her without no doubt that she will do the best for the patients and the donation will go to the right place.

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Posted by cokyaya On May - 26 - 2010 Mental Health Project News