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...

Benicio painting Ruth with indigenous art

Benicio painting Ruth with indigenous art
Photo from Progress Report 'Going to College!' (view small | med | large | orig)

Ruth with a dream catcher body art

Ruth with a dream catcher body art
Photo from Progress Report 'Going to College!' (view small | med | large | orig)

CRAS student in Benicio's indigenous art class

CRAS student in Benicio's indigenous art class
Photo from Progress Report '2015 is off to an amazing start!' (view small | med | large | orig)

another shirt by Benicio w/indigenous theme

another shirt by Benicio w/indigenous theme
Photo from Progress Report '2015 is off to an amazing start!' (view small | med | large | orig)

shirt hand-painted by Benicio

shirt hand-painted by Benicio
Photo from Progress Report '2015 is off to an amazing start!' (view small | med | large | orig)

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