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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Sam Nakry, 54, kneels tied by each arm inside her home in Bour village of Battambang province on Dr Ang Sody's first visit to the family after Sam's daughter contacted TPO. Sam had to give up her job clearing landmines when her schizophrenia started, and is now cared for by her 30 year-old daughter who feels overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for both her mother and her brother, who also suffers schizophrenia.