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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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RAMMINGER, Tatiana  e  NARDI, Henrique Caetano. Mental health and worker's health: analysis of the brazilian national conferences. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.4, pp. 680-693. ISSN 1414-9893.

In this article we analyze the main documents that give support to mental health and worker's health programs in Brazil, i.e., National Conferences' reports that give emphasis to the way mental health, as an issue, is present in the discourse of the worker's health's programs and vice versa, i.e., how the worker's health issues appear in the mental health programs' discourse. We found that mental health issues are present in both Worker's Health National Conferences, although with different emphasis and mainly related to the private companies' workers. On the other hand, worker's health, as a subject present in Mental Health National Conferences, gradually gained importance, going from a demand to include the theme of mental health in the labor regulation legislation of the private sector to a specific concern about the mental health of the public sector's worker. We conclude that the conferences show the political and technical struggle for the construction of a new Brazilian citizenship, originated in the dispute for the institutionalized form assumed by the Brazilian Health System (SUS).

Palavras-chave : Mental Health; Worker's Heath; Public policies; National Health Conferences.

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