Fix the Chaotic System
Around 480,000 Indonesians with schizophrenia were recorded in 2018, and an estimated seven out of 1,000 households have family members with schizophrenia.
JAKARTA, KOMPAS – Schizophrenia is treatable and curable. However, strong social stigmas, misconceptions, limited mental health services and the politicization of mental health have left scores of schizophrenia sufferers without prompt treatment, increasing the burden on their families as well as the state.
Bagus Utomo, chairman of the Indonesian Community for Schizophrenia Care (KPSI), said in Jakarta on Tuesday (8/10/2019) that the state was not yet present for schizophrenia patients. The state’s lack of attention for such patients had left schizophrenia sufferers with untapped potential amid the nation’s efforts in taking advantage of the demographic bonus.