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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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COSTA, Pedro Henrique Antunes da  and  MENDES, Kíssila Teixeira. Mental health in times of crisis and pandemic: a dialogue with Martín-Baró. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.1, pp. 217-231. ISSN 2177-093X.

The article is a theoretical-analytical exercise about the implications on mental health of a crisis' conjuncture crossed by the covid-19 pandemic. An attempt to understand the expressions of the moment and possible linkages in terms of mental health. We proposed a dialogue with Ignacio Martín-Baró, whose psychosocial analysis on mental health in the context of El Salvador's civil war can contribute to examining the current situation in a historical sense, extracting the necessary subsidies for the construction of another reality. For that, first, we rescued Martín-Baró's concept of mental health, placing it as a human production, within the scope of social relations, limited to capitalist sociability. Subsequently, we scrutinized some of the implications of the pandemic scenario for mental health, indicating some paths. Finally, we perform a summary of the arguments.

Keywords : mental health; pandemics; coronavirus; capitalism.

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