Objective: To identify the resistance against stigma as part of the recovery process in post-pasung mentally ill patients. Method: A descriptive phenomenology approach was used in this qualitative research. The 12 participants in the sample were selected using the purposive sampling method. The data collected through in-depth interviews with post-pasung mentally ill patients. The Colaizzi method was used to analyze the data. Results: Four themes emerged from the data analysis: the reluctance to be confined again; the demand to interact with other people; the sense of discrimination by being stigmatized, and the desire not to differentiated from others. Conclusion: The freedom from stigma could begin with how mentally ill patients perceive their acceptance by society. Based on the results, optimized community mental health nursing for mentally ill patients in their neighborhoods is urgently required.
- Mental illness