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.

 

 

 

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

In 2002 Bali bombings occurred in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali. The attack was the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia, killing 202 people, (including 88 Australians, and 38 Indonesian citizens). A further 240 people were injured. The attack was continues in 2005. Nowadays, the form of the attack on Bali is through Balinese ancestor’s land. Much Balinese land does not belong to Balinese anymore.

“We want everybody who loves Bali to not sell their land, this is not our land but our ancestors land that we have to protect and preserve”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani on the Elderly National day that attended by 1600 elderly people who committed to protect the ancestor land.

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Posted by cokyaya On May - 29 - 2011 Elderly News

Over 7000 people in Bali suffer from serious chronic mental illnesses, but are not reported (and naturally not treated). For various reasons, financial, social, political, educational, or simply shame, their families have been reluctant to seek help, while the few who did never received any. Therefore, as a last resort, these families may either abandon their mentally ill relatives in the jungle (hoping they will die or just forever disappear) or keep them under restraints, chained or inside makeshift cages.

“We feel Professor Luh Ketut Suryani’s work in community is indispensable and hugely important, we think it helps to improve the human rights of mentally ill patients, which is urgently needed all over the world”, said Laurent Delhomme as the editor and producer at YemaYa production that produced and distributed numerous films on French and international channels during his visit with Professor Suryani to community.

 

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Posted by cokyaya On May - 28 - 2011 Mental Health Project News

After a significant importance decision in Australia by passing amendments to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Offences Against Children) Act 2010, instituting substantive law. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is keen to build and explore further collaboration between the AFP and Committee Against Sexual Abuse (CASA) in Bali. As the history shows one hundred and thirty Australians are among the 2360 suspects being hunted in what is believed to be the largest international pedophile ring in 2007.

“Ongoing collaboration is key between law enforcement and agencies such as yours, particularly regarding ‘on the ground’ issues within the region”, said Gary O’Neil as an AFP  senior liaison officer for serious & organized crime in Bali during his visit to CASA Headquarter.

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Posted by cokyaya On May - 25 - 2011 CASA News