Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Suryani Institute for Mental Health

Scores of women have invaded Bali after the movie eat pray and love (sex), looking to emulate Gilbert’s enlightenment. Their expressions are serene; their caftans, expensive. But their beatific dollars aren’t necessarily a good thing. Once the movie opens, this whole area has turned into a far-flung Magnolia Bakery line, with women typing frantically on their blackberries and snapping photos of menus and street signs as their bored boyfriends gaze off into the middle distance. The influx of 30- and 40-something women wearing caftans will ruin the area, making the place they like to party into one big estrogen-fueled.

Far from this euphoria of estrogen-fueled and influx of tourists, many Balinese still living for a water shortage and a possible drought. Many of them has to suffer from mental illness with no attention from neither government or the tourism industry that make the island of God unity with island of Hell. “Today, Bali is not only island of God but at the same time also the island of Hell because you can see at the same moment and place two different things happening, one praying and one stealing”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she keeps regularly stumble across Bali hidden mental illness.

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Posted by cokyaya On September - 17 - 2011 Mental Health Project News

After violence broke out between two groups from Songan and Pande villages in Bangli. One person from Songan was reportedly killed, while ten Pande residents were injured. The man killed in the clashes was identified as 50-year-old Jero Wi from Songan. The massive clashes were triggered when two groups of high-school students got into a fight during a soccer competition. A student from Songan was beaten by students from Pande, after which thousands of angry Songan villagers responded with the attack, which took place in the city of Bangli.  The violence, which saw much of the regency capital shut down under subsequent tight security, was prompted by an altercation between students attending a soccer match.

After a month of the out-clashes, the Songan community leader invited Professor Luh Ketut Suryani to bring coolness and enlightenment. ” Balinese People is well known with the unique cultures, social life and Hindu religion. We use our experiences to become a better society and for this reason can the children learn how to meditate so the peaceful and happiness life can be achieved “, said Suryani during her visit to Songan village to meet with the children of the village future following with the members of Bangli’s parliament and community leaders.


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Posted by cokyaya On August - 19 - 2011 Mental Health Project News

Bali’s total population at the end of 2010 stood at 3.89 million. The increase number of population has been related to the increase number of immigrants living in Bali. Deaths from traffic accidents have increased in recent years, making road wrecks Bali’s No. 3 leading cause of death, according to an official. Bali’s dramatic increase of HIV/AIDS prevalence made the island become the 2nd highest prevalence in Indonesia. There are on average 100 suicides in Bali each year, one of the highest rates in Indonesia. Unfortunately government program for family planning in Bali has been successfully made married Balinese women have an average of 2.1 children in accordance with the national target for 2015,

“I am afraid with the mortality rate in Bali increase rapidly than the baby that produce by the Balinese women will soon or later vanish the culture. Bali will be only a name for an island with no native people to preserve the culture”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she launched the “Our Children is Our Future” program to encounter Family Planning in Bali that restricted the people to have only 2 children. She also concern about the ability of the local government to protect immigrant fluctuation living in Bali. Bali’s population only 1,9 percent among 250 million Indonesia’s majority Muslim population.

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Posted by cokyaya On August - 13 - 2011 Mental Health Project News Program for Balinese Women

The United States of America (USA) Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs oversees and coordinates U.S. foreign relations on a variety of human security issues across the globe — democracy, human rights, population, refugees, trafficking in persons, rule of law,  counternarcotics, crisis prevention and response, and water security. During her visit to Bali with the State Secretary, Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero met with several Balinese icons, including respected spiritualist Professor Luh Ketut Suryani. The group talked about problems faced by women, including those related to health, economy and environment.

“I am really pleased to hear your explanations about what you have been doing all this time. I think what you’ve been doing is really important,” Otero said Sunday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bali, as she opened the coffee discussion. She added that she was interested in Suryani’s explanation regarding mental health issues in Bali.  Professor Suryani, explained that many Balinese suffered chronic mental health problems, especially after several terrorist bombings in the province.

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Posted by cokyaya On July - 25 - 2011 Mental Health Project News Program for Balinese Women