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    Changes bring temple mental health center into the 21st century (1) (2013/01/13)

    Over more than four decades Long Far Temple has built a reputation for sheltering psychiatric patients. It hails from an earlier age, when there wasn’t universal health care and there were few options for the mentally ill. Its background and unusual methods have kept it outside the normal treatment system, but recently it has made dramatic reforms in an attempt to qualify for public funding and support. Tonight we examine the progress it has made.

    Led by Shih Hsin-hsien釋心賢, the director of Long Far Temple, we visit a place well known for supporting mentally ill patients.

    In 1970 Shih Kai-fong釋開豐 built a temple in his hometown of Kaohsiung County’s Lujhu Township. He decided to name it Long Far.

    Initially Shih Kai-fong was entrusted with the care of one mentally ill patient. Soon his reputation spread, and others sent their mentally ill family members here. Long Far became synonymous with a shelter to take care of the mentally ill, and today it has more than 600 residents. It believes that each person is a member of the temple, and each has a special story.

    Patient’s Family Member
    Before sending my brother here he almost burned down our house. At night he took some medicine and was preparing to go to sleep, but he was hungry. He turned on the stove to cook, but the medicine took effect and he went to bed. He left the gas on and the whole house was full of smoke.

    Patient’s Family Member
    We would be responsible for any effect his actions had on our neighbors. From my experience this burden is too heavy. It’s something the average person can’t handle.

    Instead of charging fees, Long Far relies on donations from family members, a policy that has eased the burden on lower income families. But over its four decades of service the temple has not been without controversy. One issue involves its earlier use of metal chains.

    In the beginning Long Far used chains to join patients with slight mental disabilities to those with more severe disorders. The chains were meant to help patients overcome problems.

    Shih Hsin-chiu
    Long Far Worker
    I've used this method on patients who would urinate and defecate everywhere. We taught them until there was a breakthrough. We took them to the bathroom and told them to use the toilet. When they finally did we were delighted.

    Wen Jung-kwang
    Psychiatrist
    They have a nice name for this chain, but in reality it’s dangerous and deprives the patient of basic human rights. It limits movement. When two patients are chained together, if one has an episode it can lead to violence and murder.

    中文 Chinese  
    龍發堂 搞什麼名堂? (上)

    提到「龍發堂」,相信許多民眾並不陌生。在四十多年前,國內精神醫學不發達,同時也沒有健保的年代,「龍發堂」,幾乎與精神病患收容所劃上等號。不過,不屬於醫療機構的龍發堂,其實一直沒有列入政府的監督和管理範圍,直到最近,爭議了數十年的龍發堂合法化議題,終於有了突破性的轉機。

    在龍發堂總監釋心賢的帶領下,採訪小組進入在台灣具有高知名度,卻普遍被認為,具有神秘色彩的龍發堂。

    民國59年,釋開豐在家鄉,高雄縣路竹鄉,蓋了一間廟,取名為「龍發堂」。

    最初,釋開豐受人請託收容了一名精神病患,名聲傳開後,許多家屬,紛紛將患有精神疾病的親友送到這,很長一段時間,「龍發堂」幾乎成了民間精神病患收容所的代名詞,現在收容人數有六百多位,廟方稱他們為「堂眾」,而每名堂眾與家屬都有他們的故事。

    [[堂眾家屬]]
    “我要送弟弟來之前還發生一件事情,我那間房子差點被我弟弟燒掉,晚上吃藥後,準備上床時,肚子餓,開瓦斯煮東西,藥性發作,倒在床上就睡著了,瓦斯一直開了,煙一直在冒”

    [[堂眾家屬]]
    “對周圍鄰居,他做的事你要負責,這個要親身體驗你才知道,這個負擔太重,太重了,太重了,太重了,不是一般人擔負得起”

    廟方表示,目前龍發堂不強迫收取費用,採家屬「自由捐獻」,雖然分擔了無數家屬的重擔,但成立40多年來,龍發堂也並非毫無爭議,最具話題性的就是「感情鍊」。

    早年龍發堂為了訓練堂眾的行為能力,會安排輕症的堂眾,帶領較重症的堂眾,在他們的腰際間繫上一條鐵鍊。

    [[龍發堂師父 釋心秋]]
    “我帶過完全不會大小便的人,到處站著就大小便,這樣來教他,教到有一天,突然間,你帶他去廁所的時候,你跟他說要上廁所囉,他自己會把褲子脫掉,自己會上廁所,你那時候的心是有多高興”

    [[精神科醫師 文榮光]]
    “美其名叫「感情鍊」,可是實際上它卻剝奪病患的人權,背後有危險的,因為病人的行動受限,兩位病人鍊在一起,很可能病情發作就會暴力行為,發生命案”

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