Bagus Utomo

Ashoka Fellow
Indonesia,
Fellow Since 2014
Yayasan Peduli Skizofrenia Indonesia

Citation

This profile was prepared when Bagus Utomo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Moved by years of struggle for getting his brother a recovery, Bagus is developing Indonesia’s first mental health consumer group called KPSI (Indonesia Community Care for Schizophrenia) since 2007. Through the group, not only that people with schizophrenia are now able to break their own self-stigma, the family could work to take care of their family members and together they get over the burden of public stigma. Through this consumer group, patients, caregivers (colleagues and family), doctors (physiologists and psychiatrist), sufferers, and survivors (sufferers who already passed the culmination stage) share experience, knowledge, and learning. The care provided by the consumer group members become part of the community based psychosocial therapy, which the current health care failed to provide.
The absence of information and awareness of schizophrenia and other mental health disorders created stigma against people with mental disorders and their families. Bagus has therefore set up an online information centre, which has been evolving from web based, online to offline facebook group, to drop in centre and peer support group. He started with hundreds to 8,800 community members now connected online and offline of facebook groups spread in 10 cities. From the pilot in Jakarta, he is now setting up KPSI Jogyakarta and planning to grow the facebook groups become KSPI in different provinces in Indonesia.
To link to the current Government health care, Bagus is developing KSPI (http://peduliskizofrenia.org/) as a Community Mental Health Centre playing as part of the referral system to the current Public Health Centre (Puskesmas) in every sub-district. Currently, KSPI provides peer support of the survivors for those who are still working on the medication as well as psychosocial therapy not only for schizophrenic but also bipolar/manic depression and other mental illness. To ensure the mental health service is widely spread, Bagus is participating in the policy advocacy work for the new Mental Health Act, by which he hopes that the upcoming National Health Insurance will provide options to the current severe side effect generic drugs.
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The Person

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