Becca rais­ing funds for five-week trip to In­done­sia to work in men­tal health fa­cil­ity

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

A DUNDEE stu­dent is fundrais­ing for a trip to In­done­sia’s only men­tal health fa­cil­ity.

Becca Byrne, 20, a third year psy­chol­ogy stu­dent at Dundee Univer­sity, will fly out to Bali to spend five weeks at the In­done­sia Psy­chi­atric Fa­cil­ity help­ing the mainly young pa­tients.

She said: “As well as help­ing out on the psy­chi­atric ward, my­self and the rest of the group from around the world will also be teach­ing adults and chil­dren English.

“We will be stay­ing with lo­cal fam­i­lies in their homes dur­ing the five weeks, so we will see what life is like in these types of coun­tries.

“There were no men­tal health fa­cil­i­ties at all in In­done­sia un­til the hospi­tal was built in 2015.

“A lot of peo­ple who live there see men­tal health as some sort of black magic and will carry out ‘Pa­sung’ to try to rid them of bad spir­its.

“That in­cludes lock­ing peo­ple suf­fer­ing from men­tal health is­sues in me­tal cages and even shack­ling them.

“Peo­ple here ar­gue and com­plain about how lit­tle men­tal health sup­port we have in the UK but there is hardly any treat­ment in places such as Bali.

“When you look at it like that they have it so much worse.”

Becca has al­ready held a num­ber of fundrais­ing events, in­clud­ing a spon­sored bungee jump from Kil­liecrankie bridge along­side fel­low trav­eller Abbey Tay­lor, who is also a Dundee Univer­sity stu­dent.

How­ever, she still has some way to go to reach her £2,500 tar­get.

She added: “I am hold­ing bake sales in Ninewells Hospi­tal this month and I have also set up an on­line fundrais­ing page.

“Any money do­nated to al­low me to help those in the hospi­tal in In­done­sia will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Any­one want­ing to make a do­na­tion to Becca’s cause should visit just­giv­ing.com/ crowd­fund­ing/ re­becca-byrne-1.

Becca Byrne, left, and Abbey Tay­lor.

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