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Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians

by Cambodia Transcultural Psychosocial Organization
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians

Suong Mom, Female, 28 years, lives in Kampong Speu province, was sick for 8 years and was chained for 3 years.

She is orphan child. After getting married, she was pregnant and fall back and she has head injury. After delivery, she was sick. She had strange behavior, no insight even though her son she didn’t know. She could not sleep at night, yelling her husband, agitated, talkative, incoherent speech. When she met her husband, she made him harmful physically. Her husband brought her to see many traditional healers and expense a lot of money. Her husband brought her to see psychiatrist at Russian Hospital (National Hospital). She had got treatment at Russian Hospital for 3 years then she was better. Expense for her treatments for medical treatment and traditional healing made her family become poor.

After being better, she had got a job at garment factory. Later on she was relapsed and then medical treatment could not make her better. No hope for recovery and her behavior was very harmful for others especially children, as well neighbors’ suggestion, her husband with an approval from village authority decided to chain her. After being chained, she didn’t get treatment anymore. Her neighbors mentioned that they felt insecure with her. She damaged roof of the house, burn dress and expressed aggressive behavior.

When getting contact on TV screen (project coordinator was invited to be a guest speaker on TV regarding treatment for mentally ill patients who are locked up or chained), his husband contacted the project for getting treatment.

She was delivered from chained after getting treatment 3months. Her neighbors are very appreciated, joyful and excited for her improvement. She could cook for her husband and son.

Dear supporters,

I would like to present you a short video clip describe about  "TPO helps unchain man locked up by family for almost 30 years"

A man 55 years old has mental health problem for almost 30 years. His family told that his psychosis symtoms started after he was threatened cruelly by thieves while he was helping to release villager's cows in the forest that stolen by thieves. He felt afraid, fear and become more and more difficult, his sister try very hard to look after him and take him to get treatment but his problems getting worse he become an aggressive person cause a lot of trouble to his family and destroy neigbors property etc.. Then, his family decided to chain him into the house to protect him from any dangers act.

His sister expressed that, “It is very painful for me, it look like died when being a live"

Since he got treatment from TPO his agressive behavior has disappeared and his family decided to unchain him now. His family and neighbors feel very excited, joyful and much appreciated with the work of our TPO's team.

For detail story please kindly have a look attacehd link:

Thank you very much for your interesting and supporting for our project. Highly appreciate as well if you can share our fund raising information to your friends and networks. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or ideas at admin@tpocambodia.org.

 

 

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TPO Gives Me A New Life

She, 34 years, live at one of districts in Banteay Meanchey near Khmer Thai border. She finished high school. While we reached her house, she said that “I want to be a daughter of god”. She talked alone and we can’t communicate with her.

Her mother talked with crying. She said “I feel hopeless; she was abandoned with chain. No one cared because she became crazy. She lost her future.”

Her mum said she had never supposed my daughter became psychosis. She went to attend extra course, then she disappeared for a week. They spent for 7 days to look for her in her district, Thmor Puok but can’t see her. Her friend who studied university in Battambang called and told that her daughter was at Anlong Vill Pagoda. Then her mum went to Battambang by car to bring her back home.

When reaching home, she went out of the car and to take knife to make people harm. Her parents had no alternative. No one in the village was brave to take action. Her mum ran to police station for help, police didn’t take action. Her parents spent for 3 years to seek treatment from medical approach (public hospitals and private clinics) and traditional healing approaches. They sold their properties and then became poor but their daughter was not better.

They have no hope for recovery and for preventing from harm others and for her safety, her parents decided painfully to locked her up at the cottage alone for 8 years.

After getting treatment from TPO, she has been better. Her parents decided to unchain her and let her live with them. Currently she could take care herself and do some house work such as cooking, washing clothes and make relationship with other people in the village.

This case is famous through out the district and they appreciated and congratulated for her recovery and become normal person like others.

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My loneliness is gone, I can sleep and eat with my family

A young 27 years old man has been chained and locked to a tree behind his house. TPO social worker had met this case during doing home visit and referred this case to TPO treatment team of operation unchain project. When TPO treatment team reached him, he could only respond to our questions with a few words, but very poor insight. Therefore, the therapists spoke to his mum and relatives to gather detail information.

He has single parent household with 5 siblings, 3 males and 2 females. His family is poor and can’t afford expense with his studying, he stopped his school in grade 8. After stopping his studies, he assisted his brother in working at farm and rice field. He later asked his mum to be engaged with a girl whom he had been in love with for a long time, but the girl’s parents disagreed and arranged her to be married with another man. Soon after, he became depressed, withdrew from others, and kept himself in the house for many months. He didn’t talk with anyone, including his mum.

Later on, he had signs and symptoms such as headaches, suffered from lack of sleep, would yell, talked to himself, was aggressive, committed violence, had delusions, hallucinations, and could not communicate. After seeing these signs, his mum brought him to see traditional healers and also prepared traditional rituals to pray to ancestors, but he did not show improvement. His mum later brought him to access mental health services in the town of Kampong Cham. Due to his family’s poverty, they could not afford the expenses of travelling and treatment fees. As result, he had dropped out of the interventions. Without treatment, he continued to suffer from various symptoms and would walk without any direction from one district to another. In order to prevent damage or harm to other people, as well himself, his mum made the painful decision to ask her neighbors to help lock him up with chain. He was chained for 10 years. His mum felt hopeless about his recovery.

Psychiatrist gave diagnosis “Schizophrenia”. The assessment followed a treatment plan that was completed, it comprised of medical treatment for schizophrenia, supporting his caregivers through counseling and other forms of aid, and working with neighbors and nearby villagers to provide additional support and address discrimination the patient or family may be facing.

Initially, the patient rejected taking the medication, so his caregiver had to try different methods to somehow get the medicine into his body. This caused a delay in the treatment, as well as in the release of the patient. After receiving treatment for over a year, his signs and symptoms of schizophrenia were relieved and controlled. He could answer the therapist’s questions and communicate to others. However, in the house, there was only his mum and a small baby; his mum was concerned about safety and didn’t dare to free him because when he was sick, he would commit violence and run away. So she decided to extend the time to unlock him until Phchum Ben ceremony (Cambodian religious ceremony), when all her family members visited her and she felt safe to free him. After 2 years of treatment, his family decided to unchain him.

His mum and family members felt excited about his recovery. They have never expected his recovery. They thanked TPO treatment team and donors for helping him to have recovery.

No TPO, no humanity for me, the client said.

Dr.Sody meeting with Sokin
Dr.Sody meeting with Sokin's parent

Dear supporters,

I am pleased to share with you a story recap from report on "Operation: break the chain" by Wojciech Tochman (stranslated from Polish):

Sokin lives near the road no. 6. A woman in her early forties, short hair, attentive, deep eyes. Her father smiles when Dr. Sody (TPO psychiatrist) gets out of the car. And her mother is crying. Tears in Cambodia? Strange, because it's a rare sight. Tears are feelings. This is a message: I am weak, scared, helpless. Why should you advertise such things? The less a stranger knows about you, the better. Excuse emotions from a foreign person. But Dr. Sody is hers, bringing relief and security. The mother is grateful for the health of her daughter. And father too. He is now sitting on the floor under the floor of a small house. He listens to what the doctor says to his wife. He smiles at us.

Sokin suffers from schizophrenia. She can write and read because she went to school. When she finished the fifth grade, she asked her mother not to let her continue to learn. She wanted to help in baking cookies. The whole family lived on the sale of cookies. And the mother agreed. She did not agree when the boy came and asked for Sokin's hand. At the time, her daughter was 17 years old, today her mother apparently regrets that decision.

Her illness started immediately after the death of her grandmother, whom she loved like no one else. She went out on the road, threw stones at people, shouted at things and in the hospital - belts. For each day of bonding, the parents paid as much for the month of food for the family. After two days, she returned home. It was even worse.

Until one day, she heard on the radio about doctors who drive to the insane and heal them without money. She applied to TPO. Doctor Sody arrived, she talked to her parents, she was unable to talk with a sick person, she made a diagnosis (after several years of illness), on a metal small tray she counted down a teaspoon of pills for a month, poured them into a plastic bag the size of a packet of tissues. Always first for 30 days ..

After four weeks, Dr. Sody came back, talked to the patient, left the tablets for three months, warned her mother that her daughter would not have access to medicines and would get them regularly.

Her sickness became better since after three month treatment (refer to Dr.Sody) we are really happy to see that now she can help her family to do work around her house.   “I would like to go to work, cook people something, wash and do anything to help my mother - says Sokin”                    


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Cambodia Transcultural Psychosocial Organization

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
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Leap Seang
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh Cambodia
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