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Jakarta Post

Many lack knowledge of mental illness, treatment

  • Chloe Booker

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 4 2012   /  01:18 pm

Chained: Fifteen-year old Jamil, who suffers from mental illness, sits in his room shackled to the wall. There are an estimated 20,000 people with severe mental illness shackled in their homes by their families. JP/Wendra AjistyatamaAn estimated 19 million people suffer from mental illness in Indonesia, yet because of a lack of services and basic public awareness, most people don’t get treatment.

As with many other illnesses, early detection and treatment of mental illness is widely regarded as the best way to prevent symptoms from developing into a far more serious condition.

There are an estimated 20,000 people with severe mental illness shackled in their homes by their families. For some, early detection may have prevented their health from deteriorating to this point.

Clinical psychologist Sherly Saragih Turnip from the University of Indonesia said many peopl...