Mental health and Solidarity Economy: experiences in Brazil and Portugal

September 15 and 16, 2022, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Keynes Room, UC Faculty of Economics


This event aims to present and discuss cooperative forms of social and labor inclusion for people in psychological distress, in the field of mental health care. A comparison is made between Brazil and Portugal, in terms of the psychiatric reform process and the adoption of associativism in mental health services (public and civil society initiative). It seeks to assess its impact on the sustainability of experiences, in addition to state resources, which show a tendency towards progressive retraction with the adoption of neoliberal policies. It also seeks to present and discuss reference practices for building the autonomy of citizens using the mental health system, in search of a more qualified insertion at work, through cooperative self-management.

The symposium is organized in collaboration between the Research Group ECOSOL-UNISINOS and the Study Group on Solidarity Economy - Ecosol-CES and under the CES/UNISINOS agreement.