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7,000 suffer severe mental illness; Survey

  • Ni Komang Erviani,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 27 2008   /  10:55 am

As many as 7,000 individuals in Bali suffer from various types of severe mental illness, with many subjected to physical abuse by their families, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the Suryani Institute for Mental Health. A large majority of these people have never received proper treatment, the survey said. "Most of them have suffered from the illnesses for more than five years," the institute's secretary Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana said here recently. The Institute was founded by the island's leading psychiatrist Prof. Dr. LK Suryani. She rose to prominence after breakthrough research and treatment she conducted by combining Balinese ancient healing methods with modern psychiatry. She is well known for being outspoken, and often controversial, on the province's major contemporary issues. Jaya Lesmana disclosed a large number of the mental illnesses cases were trigger...