Mental illness is a taboo subject in Indonesia. That has made those who suffer, have to do it quietly.Patients attending medical centers are living in squalid conditions. The facilities do not have what ittakes to care for them, they are not hygienic and some patients end up dying because of that . The photographer Andrea Star Reese traveled to the country to account for this complicated situation.During 2011 and 2012, investigated the mental health centers to create a documentary called “Disorder”.
“Leaving is what I find difficult and disturbing. I am continuing this documentation because conditions are critical, progress is slow, and the Indonesian government cares about the international press. national and international NGOs are using my photographs to promote a difference. I can not leave this story. “
Saimun has had to use a wooden leg retention for 5 years. It currently has 40, can not speak and lives with his brother who is also mentally ill. Her mother takes care of them, but no more than their neighbors for help.
Evi delusional since he was fifteen. His parents paid for the wooden bed and Islamic treatment approach.
The Galuh foundation is in Jakarta and is authorized by the government. He does not reject any ill, but the government has only two months of food. No beds or a suitable place for patients. All you have is a pavilion shaped cage where people sleep. Men and women are separated by a fence.
His name is Angus and she sings in its cage. Caregivers do not let go because escape, so this cell has become his permanent home.
Sometimes patients are completely immobilized by chains. Very few psychiatric facilities that meet the basics to treat mentally ill.
Patients should get used to living in solitude no longer have contact with the world outside their four walls.
The government provides very little, poor food, medicines and people who care to maintain the facilities.
Caregivers are trained to be prepared for extreme situations.Patients who are more problematic should use restraint mechanisms that do not escape. Seapudin has had to use a wooden device on his leg for 9 years and since your muscles are atrophied complement.
Just have food, that’s why many of them are in the bones and suffer from other diseases.
A bed is a real treat for a patient of any of these centers.
The living conditions are deplorable. They have no food, they can not do physical exercise and just relate to other inmates.
This patient you are making a healing mass. For a whole day and night, patients have to drink herbal drinks, pray and vomit. In this way, they enter a hypnotic trance.
The Wediodining Lawang Psychiatric Center, has been recognized as the best in Indonesia.
You can almost never interact with others …
Some relatives of patients make an effort and pay cures, which are often of a spiritual nature.
Keeping incarcerated patients is a common practice in Indonesia.
Patients live in very small pieces and sleep on wooden beds, there have to spend your whole life.
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