‘Violence isn’t mental illness’ – Mental health education in Papua New Guinea

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” – the community associates mental illness with violence. Those who appear mentally ill but not at risk are periodically maltreated but generally left alone. Those causing risk to themselves or others (women wanting to wander or men who were violent) tend to be chained up inside a hut. Only those who couldn’t be contained this way got as far as the nearest clinic.This usually means young men; generally those who are violent after taking drugs.”

Read Edition 3 of the Developing Mental Health e-journal here

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