DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – A running event will be held in Bali to campaign for mental health and against pemasungan (shackling) on mental patients, themed Running for Mental Health. This event will take a total distance of 78 kilometers with the route of Sangeh – Jatiluwih – Sangeh, on Saturday, August 25.
“Running will also be divided into four categories. The 42 km marathon, half marathon 21 km, 10 km and 5 km. Anyone can join according to their abilities,” said Henny Gordon, the initiator of the event, in Kubu Kopi, Denpasar, on Monday.
The British woman conveyed, as in the previous event held on June 1, 2018, this event is also held with the support of the Suryani Institute for Mental Health (SIMH).
“Donations will be submitted through Suryani Institute for Mental Health, to help those who have mental health issues in the community,” Henny who is also an English teacher in Bali said.
Meanwhile mental health expert Prof. LK Suryani stated, this campaign is very effective to make people more aware of the problem of mental illness in Bali. Ironically, he said, there are mental patients who are still shackled.
Suryani said that her institution is willing to work together with Henny because it is a new way to make people aware of the problems. “This is a great way to eliminate depression, improve health, and fight the stigma towards mental health,” he said.
Based on a survey conducted by SIMH in 2007, Suryani said, there are around 9,000 with mental patients without proper treatment. In fact, about 350 of them are shackled.
Through this running event, it is expected to raise the community’s awareness to help mental patients and can be more humanize to them.