Shocking and Disturbing Photos of Indonesia's Mentally ill Will Break Your Heart

Hidden from the usual news of the nation, the mentally ill population of Indonesia or those who suffer from some form of psycho-social disability is estimated at a staggering 19 million.

According to former Fogarty trainee, proponent of human rights for the mentally ill, Dr Irmansyah (director of mental health) is not afraid to state that psychiatry is a neglected branch of medicine in Indonesia. According to research, there is less than 500 psychiatrists to serve 230 million people - with very minimal community services.

Armed with nothing but her camera, New York based photojournalist Andrea Star Reese has brought up this issue to light.

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 "Lack of food is a reality that patients have to face every day"

"Evi's hallucinations started when she was fifteen. Her parents paid for the wooden bed and Islamic approach to her treatment"

"Keeping patients in cages has become a common practice"

"Patients’ lives are limited by a confined space where they do everything: eat, sleep, shower"

Agus sings in his cage. Keepers won’t let him out fearing he would run away, so this cage has become his permanent home

"Young woman in shackles at Bina Lestari Foundation (left). Wediodining Lawang Psychiatric Hospital (right) has been recognized as the best mental hospital in Indonesia. It is the first hospital to realize the need for a geriatric department”

"Galuh Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia is licensed by the government. No one is turned away, but government provides only two months of food, there is no actual housing, only a cage-like pavilion, where men and women are separated by a wire wall."

"For ten years Anne was held in a room without a window and according to her father she didn’t need to eat much. She used to like running, but now she cannot stand."

"A bed is one of the biggest luxuries a patient can have”

"Boarding school staff is trained to deal with extreme situations with their students (left). Seapudin’s (on the right) legs have been in restraints. The muscles have atrophied because of the lack of use”

Andrea Star Reese is a documentary photographer based in New York. A selection from her series Disorder will be exhibited at the 2013 Visa Pour L’Image Photojournalism Festival held in Perpignan, France from August 31st to September 15th.

In addition to publication, photographs from Disorder will be used for education, training and as part of community outreach programs in Indonesia.- TIME