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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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STOPPA, Robertha Gabardo  e  WANDERBROOCKE, Ana Claudia Nunes de Souza. Suicide senses for professionals of a sanitary district. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.12, n.3, pp. 40-56. ISSN 2236-6407.

This study aimed to understand the senses attributed to suicidal behavior by professionals from a Sanitary District in a southern Brazilian city. 15 professionals with different trainings and from three health care points participated. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and were analyzed by analysis of discursive practices. The following senses were discussed: social helplessness, elderly' isolation, adolescents' vulnerability, socioeconomic difficulties and mental disorders. The results indicated suicide as a phenomenon that is crossed by social and economic issues, generating helplessness. Elderly and adolescents were described as the most vulnerable age groups. On a smaller scale, suicide was attributed to the individual with mental disorder, contemplating the psychiatric discourse. It discusses the need to promote community strengthening and to be involved in both human and social development as well as to be attentive to the factors generating psychic suffering.

Palavras-chave : suicide; local health systems; health personnel.

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