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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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SANTIAGO, Eneida  and  YASUI, Silvio. Work as a mental health care strategy: a documentary study. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2020, vol.12, n.3, pp.109-125. ISSN 2177-093X.

We map the political discourse in which work is articulated with health care actions. In Brazil, the legal universe of mental health that addresses work is divided in before and after the Psychiatric Reform. Previously, legally supported work activities were an instrument for measuring leisure time occupation and evaluating the effectiveness of asylum treatments. After the Reform, the presence of work as a care strategy has increased. The legal discursive production of mental health has taken on guidelines such as psychosocial rehabilitation and restoration of citizenship, using, as one of the instruments, social (re)inclusion through work. However, policies present a conceptual heterogeneity of what is considered work, with little clarification of its concrete conditions, aspects that make it difficult for work as a care strategy to foster the (re)invention of intense psychic suffering.

Keywords : Work; Public Policy; Mental Health; Brazilian National Health Service; Public Health.

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