A Long Road to Stop Shackling

The Indonesian government now shackles and confines fewer people with mental health conditions. It’s a promising development, but the practice—banned since 1977—persists in communities and institutions. Following up on a 2016 report that found thousands of people with psychosocial disabilities shackled or forcibly detained, Human Rights Watch returned to find that many communities had released once-shackled people.

The government’s door-to-door mental health services had reached some 25% of Indonesian households as of September 2018. But just 16% percent of people with psychosocial disabilities surveyed had access to mental health services, pointing to persistent gaps in community mental health services.
Human Rights Watch 

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