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International Mental Health Collaborating Network and the International School of Franca and Franco Basaglia – Italy- UK-Brazil
The Brazilian branch of the IMHCN Network and the International School had its beginning in the International Congress of Mental Health, held in September 2014 in the city of Campinas,Brazil.
The International School in Brazil sustains the same goals of the International School in other countries, aiming to update participants and exchange experiences between them. With the theme “Good practices” the meeting sought to emphasise the quality of services and practices that have been developed in mental health. The discussions provided through the conferences, round tables and visits to the services focused on the evaluation of best practices that are increasing dramatically in recent decades.
Two strands were highlighted in the exhibitions and discussions: re. the social and/or scientific relevance oft innovative programs. These were based on the experience of services operating in the community Other international examples of successful practices in the field of deinstitutionalisation were lacks presented.
Currently, in the Brazilian context, we face many challenges to sustain the psychiatric reforms, with the aim of achieving a society without asylums, as well as the strengthening of our public health system (SUS). Advances are historically unquestionable in Brazil, with the deinstitutionalisation process and the increase of the community services. On the other hand, deinstitutionalisation strategic improvement is remains essential. Structural expansion of the services network is part of this challenge; by continually seeking to change the quality of care, based on a dialogue within the community and in changing the asylum paradigm.
It is necessary to highlight:
- the interference of the executive power in Public Policy
- compulsory hospitalization (financing private and closed institutions like the therapeutic communities)
- corporatism via class councils
- social inequality
- privatisation and the implications of the public health system
- decrease of professionals in teams
among other issues
Therefore, the central proposal is to foster ongoing debates about the end of all psychiatric hospitals in Brazil
Monitoring and strengthening the accountability and governance of the quality of community based services provided for the population.
The exchange of innovative deinstitutionalization practices with countries around the world to a provide a strengthening effect in micropolitical spaces.
We identified the following areas that we will work on:
Actions to strengthen mental health policies:
Spaces and opportunities that are founded on and provide "care in freedom" and the affirmation of the social place of people experiencing psychological distress with the guarantee of their human rights;
Continuing support and development of 24 - 7 service founded on the hospitality perspective;
1. Mobility between the "service area" and the communities in order to produce reference services in the communities.
2. Training and professional development strategies focusing the integration of universities and intersectoral care networks..
3. Improvement of research
4. Community involvement: with education for users, family and communities in comprehending and participating in the development of the psychosocial paradigm;
5. To strengthen the network by expanding projects on new approaches and community based services
6. Prioritise the care of children and adolescents throughout the territory;
7. Organisation of a biannual events including seminars, forums and a Congress every two years
8. Cultural Activities.
The structure if the network will consist of a national and international coordination and administration committee.
National coordinator: Rossana Maria Seabra Sade
International Coordinators: Roberto Mezzina and John Jenkins
Administration Committee: Ana Pitta; Clarissa Webster; Clayton Ezequiel dos Santos, Ernesto Venturini; Fernanda Nicácio; Paulo Amarante; Stella Goulart; Thaís Thomé.
PARTNERS: ABRASME,COPERSAMM/ConfBasaglia, DIPARTIMENTO DI SALUTE MENTALE DI TRIESTE, FUNDAÇÃO FIOCRUZ, INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATING NETWORK (IMHCN), UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA, UNIVERSIDADE DE SÃO PAULO, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SÃO JOÃO DEL REI, SERVIÇO DE SAÚDE DR. CÂNDIDO FERREIRA.
Background: Rossana is currently Assistant Professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho. She is a board member of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) and member of Editorial Board of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Rossana has refereed several scientific publications and authored several articles on mental health and good practices. In 2014, she published the book Doors Open: from the asylum to the territory. the book includes interviews with key people from Trieste including the National Coordinator of the International school Franca and Franco Basaglia.
Interests: Mental Health of Children and Adolescents, life experience of mental health issues, institutionalisation processes.
Workshop | Courses | Consulting in the area of mental health and inclusive education | Advice on therapeutic projects to Alzheimer's.
Contact: Pablo Valente at [email protected]
Clayton Ezequiel dos Santos
Thaís Thome Seni S. E Olivera
Background: Thaís is a researcher – psychologist. Her career includes work as a psychotherapist, professor, supervisor and psychologist in both social and clinical work. She is specialist in groups, using this tool for clinical, social and scientific purposes.
Most recently she has been conducting a post doctoral research in a partnership between the University of São Paulo and the University of Trieste.
Her curriculum link in Brazil can be found here.
Interests: Mental health team work, development of strategies for team improvement, community based mental health care, group process, amplified clinic.