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Jakarta Post

Mentally ill Jakartans growing in number

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11 2011   /  09:52 am

Lost boy: Jamil, 15, plays with paper kites at his house on Jl. Tegal Parang Utara in South Jakarta. Jamil has intellectual disabilities and his parents have chained his leg to the wall. More Jakartans suffer from mental health problems, according to the Jakarta Health Agency, a trend experts blame on harsh living conditions in the crowded capital.

Agency head Dien Emawati said that in the first six months of 2011, the agency recorded 306,621 patients with symptoms of mild mental health problems, up from 159,029 over the same period last year.

Dien said the city administration would initiate preventive measures including early detection programs at schools and campaigns at community health centers to raise awareness of the problem.

University of Indonesia social psychologist Hamdan Muluk said that the increasing number of mentally ill in Jakarta could be attributed t...