Mental health issues in Indonesia are still entrenched social stigma, making it a challenge for patients to seek help or even sympathy. Photo: Alamy

‘You’re not religious enough’: pain of Indonesia’s mentally ill and the online group bringing sufferers and carers together

  • Mentally ill Indonesians have to battle superstition and prejudice daily, with ‘advice’ from families and friends often including a lot of praying
  • Online groups such as KPSI let them share and learn from others with similar conditions, and find information about counselling
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Mental health issues in Indonesia are still entrenched social stigma, making it a challenge for patients to seek help or even sympathy. Photo: Alamy
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India has an estimated 200 million people living with mental health problems. Most have little or no access to professional help, but an online start-up is working to address this. Photo: Alamy

Indian start-ups’ online mental health counselling could help millions who lack access

  • In India, nearly 200 million people have mental health problems and there is fewer than one psychiatrist for every 100,000 people
  • Juno Clinic, a start-up, offers easy and relatively cheap access to online counselling from professionals
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India has an estimated 200 million people living with mental health problems. Most have little or no access to professional help, but an online start-up is working to address this. Photo: Alamy
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