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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In Svay Pror Kieb village of Battambang province, At Rim, 46, has been tied to a post by her family for the past seven years, after neighbours became fearful of her violent outbursts when she would wander into their homes in an incoherent state. At's family had given up on her condition improving until treatment provided by TPO started easing At's psychosis.