The professors Gerfson Moreira Oliveira, professor of the specialization course in Mental Health and Primary Care at Bahiana, and professor João André Santos de Oliveira, vice-coordinator of the Alliance for Damage Reduction Fátima Cavalcanti, an extension program linked to the UFBA School of Medicine, have just published, as organizing authors, the book "Tesituras of Mental Health Care and Harm Reduction in Bahia".
The publication by Editora Dialética was an initiative of the Fátima Cavalcanti Harm Reduction Alliance and brings together texts by professors, researchers, workers and undergraduate and graduate students who developed activities linked to the Alliance and the Gregório Psychosocial Care Center for Alcohol and other Drugs of Matos. Among the authors, there is also the professor of the Specialization in Mental Health and Primary Care course at Bahiana, Marlene Miranda. The copyright was transferred to the Alliance, in order to allow the continuation of projects aimed at homeless people who abuse drugs. The physical edition of the book is available for purchase on the website. Dialectic Publisher, and the e-book is available on Amazon.
According to prof. Gerfson, the initiative represents an effort to systematize and produce visibility of the experiences produced by the Harm Reduction Alliance. "All the experiences are marked by the ethical and political commitment to harm reduction, in dialogue with the various ways in which it was produced in Brazil. It is worth noting that, within the logic of the expanded clinic and networked services, these inter-institutional partnerships , as here in the case of Bahiana and at UFBA, are very important for mental health care.” Prof. Gerfson explains that students from the Specialization Course in Mental Health and Primary Care participate in practical activities, such as internships and research, at Aliança and CAPS.
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The initiative promoted discussions about mental health in the context of the pandemic, in sync with moments of relaxation and art.
With the participation of undergraduate and graduate students, the activity involved ADAB patients and users.