PHOTOS: Indonesian Mental Hospitals Are Brutal & Heartbreaking

People who suffer from mental illness are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. They also happen to be some of the most abused people in the world.

Even here in the U.S., you’ll find that most homeless people suffer from one mental illness or another. It’s not so much that we’re perfect and other countries are callous. Upholding human rights for the mentally ill is a global issue. It’s time people began to care.

In the video below and in the slideshow above, you get a glimpse of how badly patients are treated in Indonesia. They are often confined in very small spaces or shackled like prisoners.

At least 14 million people in Indonesia aged 15 and over are thought to be suffering from some form of mental illness, according to health ministry data.

Families that choose not to send mentally ill relatives to faith healers sometimes take matters into their own hands, often confining sick children to cramped bamboo cages.

It’s time we opened our eyes to this suffering.