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Candles in the darkness

Eradicating Suicide Stigma in Indonesia

The work of young people with Into the Light, Indonesia

Suicide is still heavily stigmatized in Indonesia due to a range of cultural and societal factors. In 2017, the situation only worsened when Indonesian media reported on several highly sensationalised suicide cases throughout the year. 

Into the Light Indonesia, which was founded in 2013, is the only youth-based community for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in the country. The community aims to eradicate the stigma associated with suicide through their active volunteers known as ‘Lightbringers’, 26 individuals involved in fighting stigma and preventing suicide.

In this seminar, Founder and Chief Coordinator, Benny Prawira will provide an overview of the activities of Into the Light Indonesia, which include awareness and education campaigns, much-needed research and development, and local and international cooperation for mental health and suicide prevention.

When: 12pm - 1.30pm, Friday 9 March 2018

Where: Seminar Room 346, New Law Annexe, University of Sydney



Benny Prawira, S.Psi is the founder and chief coordinator of Into the Light Indonesia. He is currently a graduate student in the Social Health Psychology program at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. His research interests include suicide stigma, protective and risk factors pertaining to suicide, and the nature of health-seeking behaviours.