Finding Identity for Parents with mental disability children’s

Hundreds parents of disabilities children attends the meeting to find self identity in the capital city of Gianyar as a preventative way to make parents understand better on their special children’s who’s suffering a mental disabilities. In the realities no data on the number of mental disabilities children has been acknowledge by Bali’s government as the children keep on suffering from their condition by being discriminate.

“Many parents blame them self of having a disabilities child in their family, and we want to make them see from a different point of view by re framing their childhood memories”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she lead the program together with Yayasan Sukacita yesterday morning.

Many of mental disabilities children still hide in the community without any attention from community nor government. The parents have to raise their children without having any education. “There’s not enough school nor teachers for all the children if we want to put them in school, because the government doesn’t know how many are they and how many still don’t get education”, said Marieke Nijland, special education consultant  from Yayasan Sukacita. For that reason Suryani Institute take an initiative together with Yayasan Sukacita to run a survey in community and find the unfortunate one and give them a hope for a better life.

Mental Health Continuing Education for Health Provider

After receiving the first workshop at Manggis Public Health Center last week, it gave more confidence for the health provider to deliver mental health program in their awareness to the community. The program hopefully will highly successful in identifying people who did not have access to the hospital based mental health services. With adequate resources, especially affordable modern medications, the community mental health outreach project in Bali has the potential to treat many more mentally ill patients effectively. 

“We have to deliver this awareness to the comunity although our government policy has diverted funds from this project and community outreach mental health remains severely underfunded”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani  as she believed the project has further strengthened linkages and collaboration in training and education for health provider in public health center.


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Educate Health Provider on Mental Health Issues

Inadequacy of mental health system in Bali and the existence of two conflicting or at best uncoordinated therapeutic approaches (the traditional vs. medical interventions), both the prevalence of mental illness and the conditions of non-referrals have been largely unknown. Through a series of anecdotal evidence, reports from other provinces in Indonesia, and personal observations, a larger number of mentally ill individuals existed in the
community that were unreported and thus untreated.

“We’re trying to educate the health provider in the public health center on mental health issues, so they can aware in creating a healthy community they need also to incorporate the mental health”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the founder and director of Suryani Institute for Mental Health during her time giving workshop in Karangasem regency, where it is the one regency with the highest reported suicide rates on the island.

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University of Vermont seeks Consciousness, Culture, And Community in Bali

Western education and thinking tends to emphasize the rational mind, categorization, analyzing, splitting, and prominent elements in the foreground of our awareness. In contrast, Balinese tradition, as with many Asian societies, tends to emphasize feeling, intuition, relationship, sensitivity to background context, complexity, balance, and a capacity to embrace change, while maintaining its core, In Bali the arts, healing, spirituality, and community are interwoven in daily life in a way that is unique in the modern world.

“We will form a learning community with working agreements. This community will operate within the larger Balinese community which will allow students 1) to become more at ease with the intercultural and trans-cultural skills, 2) deepen their sense of community, and, 3) help them learn how to balance their own needs with the needs of others”, said David Osgood Ed.D, M.P.H accompanied with his beloved wife Carla Osgood as they lead the UVM students walk across the Balinese Culture through Professor Luh Ketut Suryani’s wise approach in the community.

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