Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardi

The Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardim (MSMCBJ) was initiated in 1996 as part of the outreach of the Comboni Missionaries in the Northeast of Brazil. MSMCBJ seeks to improve the lives of the people of the economically impoverished peripheral regions of Fortaleza, primarily the area of Grande Bom Jardim. To imagine a mental health project in a peripheral neighborhood like Bom Jardim, where the majority of people live in at-risk circumstances - in which extreme poverty, violence, a lack of housing and basic sanitation, street children, and unemployment predominate - is to believe that, even within pain and suffering, we can harvest flowers. That is, personal and social realit...

Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardi
Dr. Fernando Augusto 609 Bom Jardim
Fortaleza, Ceara 60 540 260
Brazil
+55 85 3497 0892
http://www.msmcbj.org.br

Board of Directors

Maria Norberta Viana, Frederico Emmanuel Leitao Araujo, Ottorino Bonvini, Ana Claudia Rodrigues, Neiliane Alves Bezerra, Antonio Elizeu de Sousa, Zuleide Goncalves da Silva, Maria Lindalva de Oliveira, Marcia Cristine Pereira de Oliveira

Project Leaders

Ottorino Bonvini

Mission

The Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardim (MSMCBJ) was initiated in 1996 as part of the outreach of the Comboni Missionaries in the Northeast of Brazil. MSMCBJ seeks to improve the lives of the people of the economically impoverished peripheral regions of Fortaleza, primarily the area of Grande Bom Jardim. To imagine a mental health project in a peripheral neighborhood like Bom Jardim, where the majority of people live in at-risk circumstances - in which extreme poverty, violence, a lack of housing and basic sanitation, street children, and unemployment predominate - is to believe that, even within pain and suffering, we can harvest flowers. That is, personal and social realities can be transformed. The challenge that MSMCBJ has been overcoming throughout its years of community action has been to demonstrate that, through the Community Systemic Approach, working with people's self-esteem results in greater self-awareness, which empowers people to create paths of liberation, thanks to the sense of participation and co-responsibility that MSMCBJ activities favor. The Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardim welcomes the human being, respecting their bio-psycho-socio-spiritual dimensions, promoting the development of their potential, through the restoration of human rights and cultural values, with the goal of improving the quality their personal, interpersonal, and community relationships, for the promotion of the gift of life. We welcome and accept all people, despite their social class, race, religion, gender, or age; We stimulate the development of quality personal, group, community, social, and ecological relationships; We believe in the diversity of cultural roots as a principle on the strengthening of identity for the liberation and development of the human being; We exist within and are nourished by a loving spirituality in the search for personal and social integration and liberation; We offer a space for affective listening as an essential therapeutic instrument for the awakening and development of life; We participate in the development of human potential with the vision of autonomy and co-responsibility in the construction of the project of life; We value and recognize the talents of the individual, encouraging transparent and affective relationships as an opportunity for personal and professional growth; We believe in a work relationship that encourages the overcoming of conflicts as a form of maturing and growth; We encourage the awakening of a new consciousness that cultivates the essential values of love, peace, and justice; We gladly welcome partnerships that help to realize these life-restoring actions.

Programs

Self-Esteem Therapy MSMCBJ, in accordance with its philosophy of life promotion, has been developing a pioneering model on self-esteem since 1996, making available to the community and partner organizations self-esteem groups for children, adolescents, and adults. Self-Esteem Therapy - as a fundamental tool in promoting active citizenship - strengthens autonomy, dignity, and wisdom in each human being. The program's methodology is based on the Community Systemic Approach and elements of the transpersonal approach, in which the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual dimensions are emphasized. At MSMCBJ, to truly "awaken" a person's self-esteem is to guide the person to assume his/her rightful place. Each participant is encouraged to reconnect his/her roots with mother earth, with the universe, with the family system, and with the community. Self-Esteem Therapy is an organic process of self-awakening to one's creative potential. Community Therapy TC (Community Therapy) is the gateway to MSMCBJ, through which people are welcomed and share their difficulties and joys. Together, they try to find solutions to their problems or to learn better ways of living with them. The groups encourage participants to assume their proper place in the construction of a more just and united society. The Community Systemic Approach is integral to TC. This approach is based on the principle of circularity, in which there are no victims and no victimizers, since everyone shares responsibility. Today, with a network of more than 20 groups, TC serves more than 500 people per month. (The Community Systemic Approach was presented to the Pan-American Health Organization (OPAS) in Washington and at Columbia University in New York in 2008) Bom Jardim Community CAPS CAPS (The Center for Psycho-Social Assistance) is a landmark therapeutic day hospital for people with severe psychiatric problems and their families. Developed as an alternative to psychiatric hospital committals, CAPS' objective is to promote care and social reintegration, offering program participants a range of personalized, community, and life-promoting activities. Bom Jardim Community CAPS is co-managed by MSMCBJ, which contributes its 12+ years of experience with the Community Systemic Approach. Services in the following areas are available: psychiatry, psychology, social services, nursing, occupational therapy, and pharmacy. In addition, art, physical exercises and activities, therapeutic groups, assistance for assistants (support for the family members of the program's users), and Live Pharmacy (Farmacia Viva) are also offered, as well as celebrations of important dates and cultural trips. CAPS favors the promotion of community awareness to create a more welcoming environment for people with severe psychiatric problems. CABJ - The Center for Apprenticeship of Bom Jardim CABJ was launched in 1996 from the initiative of public school youths who dreamed of having access to higher education. Their own community rose to the challenge and searched for volunteer teachers, resulting in the creation of CABJ as a public space for academic formation. CABJ has become a model for similar programs because of its self-management and achievement of satisfactory results. Today, more than 70 members of the program have enrolled in higher education. The program's curriculum is strengthened by the inclusion of classes on "learning how to learn": how to develop academic self-confidence and academic self-discipline, in addition to core academic subjects. In further testament to CABJ's success, some of the students have returned to the program as teachers. Professional Development Courses: The Ezequiel Ramin Apprenticeship House The Ezequiel Ramin Apprenticeship House prioritizes youth and adult professional development, providing knowledge and tools that will facilitate their integration into the job market. This formative program integrates self-awareness exercises with self-esteem building, in which the youths are stimulated to develop their role as the protagonist of their own lives, acting in a cooperative fashion for the transformation of their own community and for their future professional performance. Courses in diverse areas are offered, such as handicrafts (cross-stitch, "fuxico" fabric art, and needlework), IT, entrepreneurship, Italian, English, French, hotel management, customer service and sales, among others. Community Garden The Community Garden offers the community contact with the earth, revives its cultural roots, stimulates the communion between nature and humans and provides a transformative pedagogical perspective. The Community Garden program builds upon the community's existing knowledge of farming and gardening in order to discover and develop skills on how to take care of the earth, feeding the community's sustainability. At the Garden, the community and CAPS members engage in occupational therapy activities and Live Pharmacy (Farmacia Viva), in which they produce medicinal syrups, soaps, and shampoo. Fruits, vegetables, greenery, and medicinal and ornamental plants are cultivated. Biodance Biodance awakens the original meaning of the dance of life, since it is connected by movements filled with meaning and emotion. It is a system that promotes human development, using music, movement, and awakening for personal integration, as well as integration with others and with the totality of the world. In Biodance, the body is the perfect vehicle toward greater spontaneity because it stimulates the five lines of living: vitality, sexuality, creativity, affectivity, and transcendence. Used at MSMCBJ for more than 10 years, Biodance has generated in its participants the joy of living, contributing to an improvement in their personal, family, and community relationships. (Biodance partners with the Biodance School of Ceara (EBC), with scholarships for the community and participation of interns and volunteers in the groups) Massage Therapy Massage therapy is an ancient healing and restorative health practice that promotes personal well-being. It utilizes the body as a conductive thread of bio-psycho-social-spiritual integration. At MSMCBJ, the following massage techniques are used: Shantala, Shiatsu, and Reflexology (among others), all of which offer relaxation, anti-stress and emotional therapeutic effects. Massage therapy unites MSMCBJ's set of techniques as an important part of the treatment of patients and caregivers. The team of massage therapists is composed of people living in Bom Jardim and of local, national, and international volunteers. We Are All Related: Taking Action with the Pitaguary Indians MSMCBJ works to value indigenous culture and self-esteem with the Pitaguary people through the "Iande Meme Maranongara" Project. Art, music, performances, professional development, education, massage therapy, self-esteem groups, and community therapy are offered using the Community Systemic Approach. Everything is done in cultural dialogue symbolized by the expression "mitakuye oyasin," which means, "we are all related," spoken by the indigenous tribe Lakota Sioux of the United States. The same expression in Tupi is "iande meme maranongara." The meeting of these two cultures is made possible by the arrival of Lakota Chief Adam Little Elk to the village of Pitaguary, in Maracanau, Ceara, Brazil. MSMCBJ's work with the Pitaguary also features the Tore - a ritual of affirmation of the Pitaguary identity, of a spiritual connection and of respect for the rights of the Pitaguary people. Partnerships with universities and the city halls of Maracanau and Pacatuba favor the empowerment of the indigenous Pitaguary people, with the help of Chief Daniel and Shaman Barbosa. The project is done in the spirit of ecophilia - love of nature that considers the earth as a mother - with attitudes of respect and care that guarantee the survival and quality of life of all people. Yes to Life The "Yes to Life" project serves at-risk children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 17 through socio-pedagogical, educational art, sport, and leisure activities in order to prevent human rights violations (such as prostitution and human trafficking) and drug use. Developed in the greater Bom Jardim region, this project views each child and adolescent as a person with inherent rights, strengthening his/her self-esteem, valuing his/her potential, and promoting his/her civic participation. "Yes to Life" reinforces family and community bonds and bolsters the integration of community social networks. "Yes to Life" encourages the integration of each person's bio-psycho-socio-spiritual dimensions and is guided by the Pedagogical Political Plan - an orientation and planning tool that allows for greater effectiveness and consequently, greater protection of the children, adolescents and families who take part in this program. The Mr. Franco Masserdotti AME Cultural Hub House The AME Cultural Hub House (Art, Music, and Performance) welcomes those with a penchant for art, music, and performance. The House, which also includes the Knowledge Exchange (Troca de Saberes) Reading Hub, provides the communities of greater Bom Jardim with a space for meeting, listening, citizenship, leisure and culture through workshops on handicrafts, typing, guitar, drums, piano, flute, percussion, organic cards, painting, mosaics, theater, and audiovisual tools. AME House also offers art therapy to members of the Bom Jardim Community CAPS program. The theater group Semearte and the percussion group Tambores do Movimento (Drums of Movement) are examples of some of the positive results of AME House. In 2008, AME House was selected by the Ministry of Culture as a Cultural Hub. These hubs are links between society and the state that make possible the development of cultural actions.

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