Shackled Mental Patients

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5 April 2017, Surabaya,East Java,Indonesia: Sudermo a mental illness sufferer was released from his shackles at his family home and taken for treatment at at mental institution before being sent to Bina Laras Social Rehab Centre for his final stage of adjustment before being set back to his family. He had a long history of mental illness and it is hoped the E-Shackling program will make it possible for him to live in the community without being chained to a post.  "E- Shackling"  aims to free people suffering from mental illness, from the shackles that family often place them in to control them in the wake of a lack of treatment options and the program will treat them and enter them in a data base allowing them to be traced before releasing them back to their families. Some people stay chained to a stake or in rooms for years by their families and not all families are willing to take their sick family members back. Picture by Graham Crouch/The Australian
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