A patient plays with a soap bubble inside a mental hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. Photographer Aun Raza documented the lives of patients there from 2011 to 2014.
Men sit in a dining area at the hospital. After about 70 visits, Raza said he found something surprising: Some patients, he thought, were saner than many people he encountered in his daily life outside the hospital.
"There is a desire in them to be seen, to be given attention -- and above all -- to be loved," said Raza, who is from Lahore.
Many patients end up spending most of their lives shut away from society, Raza said: "A few of them die natural deaths there. Some of them at times commit suicide."
A man lies on a mattress in the hospital's chronic patients ward.
Raza said Abdul Shakoor has been at the hospital for 45 years. "He speaks very little," Raza said. "He's an immensely lovel