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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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RESENDE, Tania Inessa Martins de  and  COSTA, Ileno Izídio da. Care, ethics and coexistence in mental health: phenomenological reflections. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.2, pp. 226-233. ISSN 1809-6867.

Coexistence is the articulator concept for a reflection on ethics and care in the mental health field. Such reflection is an ethical requirement in this field, historically marked by violence, stigma and abandonment. Disabled and insufficient modes present in the coexistence are considered from a Heideggerian perspective, aiming to envision, with a help from Levinas, an ethical horizon of presence that allows the action in mental health to be built from the lowest violence possible. The Levinasian ethics requirement that makes us more responsible than all in face of the suffering of the other gains greater significance when we consider that, in the field of mental health, disability modes of being with and coexisting found extreme forms of violence and exclusion, often under the pretext of care. Thus, an effort is necessary to leave the everyday impersonality to find the others in their irreducible otherness. From Derrida's considerations about hospitality, we produced a reflection on how to conduct a care that, in face of the responsibility that the suffering of others produces in us, embraces the difference.

Keywords : Care; Ethics; Coexistence; Mental Health.

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