Madness Spectacle – Mental health care in Indonesia

Photos and text by Dimitri Pilalis

This photographs show some aspects in the area of public and private mental health in Indonesia. The country has 240 million people, of whom 4.6% suffer from severe mental disorder. Impressive: only 48 psychiatrists are active in that country, while patients overcrowd the already limited mental health centers. All appear underfed, many are naked, the old mixed with the young. The newest patient was 12-year-old. This work was conducted during the months of January and February 2012, in the metropolitan area of the capital Jakarta.

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