The Weekend West support mind pressure for Bali’s mental health

For many West Australians, Bali is a holiday paradise. But on the idyllic island, and across the Indonesian archipelago, up to 26,000 mentally ill people are kept in cages or stocks. Now, a local group is working hard to change things — with some early success, as Kim Macdonald from the Weekend West a newspaper for Western Australia reports. The dire state of Bali’s mental health system, can be blamed on decades of neglect by  authorities who do not understand the illness.

“Bali does not see mental health as a priority,” says Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she explained to Kim that the governor gave some recognition to the problem in 2009 when he pledged $1 billion rupiah to the Suryani Institute, but cut it by 90 per cent the following year.

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Integrating Continuing Care in Community Mental Health

As the mental health budget from Bali’s governor being cut 90%, the Suryani Institute has to work hard to keep on giving their passion in helping the abandon one. There are around 9000 thousand people are still can not get any continuing treatment from government on their mental health condition. And there are around 300 of them were left in restrained.

“The mental health system in the island only want to use Bangli Hospital as the main solution without want to provide an integrated and continuing care in the community”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani during her field trip to Buleleng. “The treatment for mentally ill patient is not finish after they discharge from the hospital, but it’s just a start as a long term care need to be created for this patient”, add Suryani as she sees the result of the institute works by providing continuing care to the patient in Buleleng.

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Elderly Care Programs for Indonesia comes from Bali

For many years almost every programs must come from central government, Jakarta. Nevertheless, this year a program for elderly care finally comes from Bali and will be replicate in other parts of Indonesia. As a consequence of demographic transition during recent decades, the Indonesian population is aging rapidly.Despite the increase in the number of elderly people, aging has not yet been identified as an important policy issue in Indonesia. The Government has paid little attention to this group, as can be seen from the lack of access to social security and social services for the elderly.

“Since 1988 we promote elderly care programs in prevention to make our elderly people active and healthy, and this year I feel that I have hope for our old people”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the founder of Yayasan Wredha Sejahtera Bali after signed agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim Indonesia to promote elderly care program in other part of Indonesia.

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C.A.S.A. joined the force for protecting children

Millions of children worldwide are subjected to violence. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is an integral component of protecting their rights to survival, growth and development. CASA as committee against sexual abuse were the first to implement national law in child protection. CASA also advocates and supports the creation of a protective environment for children in partnership with governments, national and international partners including the private sector, and civil society.

“For the future of our children we try to spread our wings by joining the force for protecting children that provide by U.S. government in Indonesia”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the president of the committee. The meeting was held in Jakarta, on January 13-14, 2011 at Gran Melia Hotel.

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