Operation Unchain

In early 2016, Adam Robert Young joined Doctor Ang Sody, a psychiatrist with Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) Cambodia as she visited patients that were part of TPO's "Operation Unchain" project.  Faced with a severe shortage of mental health services, particularly in rural areas, sufferers of severe mental illness in Cambodia are often tied, chained, or locked up by their families, who simply don't know how else to keep them safe and to prevent them from harming others.  Operation Unchain aims to provide free diagnosis, medication and therapy, as well as raising awareness in communities and building mental health services so that these people can eventually be released from their bondage.  To date, twelve people have been released from chains thanks to TPO's work.

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Dr Ang Sody counts out medication for Thy Sros as his mother, Toun Koeut watches on. Thy Sros suffered brain damage after exposure to toxic pesticides while working with his brother as a labourer on a nearby farm. Thy Sros' brother Thy Soeun, whose symptoms were more severe, showed good progress after two months of medication, but has now gone missing.