A 48 years old woman from Gianyar, has function normally in community. She makes offering and sell them in a market near by her house. She was chained by her family for 6 years at her own yard. With a continuing help from the institute, today she can contribute to her family and being the model for a successful integrated community mental health. A condition where no one ever think and have hope for it. Together we can break the stigma with dignity.
“All over the world, people with mental illness are subject to poor-quality care and violations of their human rights. Our government and mental health services fail to integrate evidence-based treatment and practices, resulting in poor recovery outcomes”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she start to smile after seeing the miracle result of the institute work at Gianyar regency. “We can not just rely on government and hospital for mental health treatment. It is critical to assess and improve quality and the observance of human rights in order to change this situation”, add Dr Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana after reviewing the assessment of the institute for their patient in community.
Support and appreciation from Denmark government through Search for Common Ground, for the noble work of Suryani Institute on helping giving freedom for people with mental illness whom were in chained. The rights of human that still abandon by government and society which creates greater stigma on mental health.
“I always ask my self, why my government and my policy makers can not see the reality in paradise, and why the support has to come from outside not from our own people. I feel my government just keep my people poor and mentally insane, it seems that they proud with it”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani after receiving the support and appreciation in Ubud, Bali. Promoting the value of mental health can be a positive and pro-active way to promote acceptance of mental illness care services, raising the community’s awareness and understanding of mental health issues. As the institute trying to do through Rudi Waisnawa photobook “Pasung”, which get well accepted in local, national and international community as a breakthrough to fight against stigma on mental health.
120 Medicine boxes from USA sent to Zwolle, The Netherlands, ready to fly to Bali. Another support from Kopzorg op Bali for mentally ill people with no access to health facility in the island of glamour tourism. Noble support for a noble work.
“Many hospitals in Holland have developed community outreach teams to provide specialist mental health services in local settings, and to train primary health workers and community agencies, unfortunately not in Indonesia nor Bali”, said Marjan van der Kuil as she started to campaign the inhumane mental health condition in Bali for more support from the European commission on mental health. Community partners such as community agencies, NGOs and volunteers bring valuable experience and resources that allow the development of projects which are appropriate to the patient group and their local community.
A boy from North Bali just born from a father whom was kept in a cage for 8 years by his family due to his mental illness. With the institute helps he manage to live normally in community, got marriage and now has 2 children. An innovative model of integrated community mental health was created in order to create a ground community-based prevention, treatment and rehabilitation system.
“Mental disorders’ treatment in Indonesia uses a hospital-based institution approach. As a result of this functional failure of this mental health model, many untreated mentally ill individuals are abandoned, permanently restrained, chained, or placed in cages by their families (pasung)”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani after received a happy news from North Bali regarding the new born baby. The actual number of such cases is still unknown; however, the Indonesian government officially estimates this number to be around 18,000 individuals, while unofficial evidence puts it over 40,000 cases nationwide.