For an estimated 20 million Indonesians who suffer a mental health illness, the chained or shackled conditions seen in this photo are an everyday threat. This practice, known as pasung, has been banned in Indonesia since 1977 but Holly Ryan reports for Asia-Pacific Journalism that it is still a problem.
Report – By Holly Ryan
The practice of “treating” mental health patients through electro-convulsive therapy or lobotomies and locking them up or shackling them to the floor, is widely regarded as a primitive treatment of the past.
However, for many of the 20 million people in Indonesia who suffer a mental illness, these practices – known as pasung – are still a reality.
But a new national programme is now trying to eliminate pasung once and for all, with the Indonesian government saying that it plans to make the training of mental health professionals a priority, and increase the accessibility of mental health services. Read more »