Photographing Mental Health Care in a Third World Country

Photographing Mental Health Care in a Third World Country

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Photographer Dimitri Pilasis travels all over the world documenting social issues, shedding light on situations that would otherwise never be seen. In January and February of this year he photographed the deplorable conditions of those in the mental health care system of Indonesia. Read on for more details and to see some photos. Viewer discretion is advised.

At just 25 years of age, Dimitri has visited 25 different countries specializing in photographing social issues. In this series shot in Indonesia, he has compiled a collection of over 600 images relating to health issues there and is now releasing images from his visit to a mental health care center. According to Dimitri, "the country of Indonesia has over 240 million people, of whom 4.6% of them suffer from a severe mental disorder. 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 (even as young as 12 years old.)"

Let's hope that as these images get out someone will be able to speak up for those suffering these conditions and in short time get it changed. Check out more of Dimitri Pilalis' work from his Flickr photo stream.

[Via Positive Magazine]

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Waleed Alzuhair's picture

That is really heart breaking.. If this is how they're treated in health care facilities, I wonder how the community treats them. Really sad.

marttphoto's picture

Inacreditável como o ser humano pode ser mau! 

Wahyu Kusumo's picture

Its not everywhere like this, there are hospitals for mentally ill people.

Maximiliano Cordoba Gutierrez's picture

I apologize in advance for the off-topic comment.
I think that speaking of "3rd world countries" and not by their name, as I live on a "3rd world" country like Chile, I find it very offensive, and also by using phrases like: "shedding light on situations that would otherwise never be seen" sounds like if no one takes an impressive picture or writes a good article about this or any "3rd world problem that you won't find here" related topic, people would never know about it?
I know there are people and NGOs aware of these problems, but to find this kind of talking on a big site like this, where collaborators are supposed to have college degrees or any other kind of superior formation?
I think this kind of talking must not appear here or any other site on the web.

satya andhika's picture

Third World Country??? I rather object to the title ......
I am from Indonesia .... I think the term is no longer valid ....
in spite of all the problems that exist ...