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(en) fae bahia: THE TURP OF YELLOW SEPTEMBER (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:41:34 +0300

Started in 2015 as a tactic to prevent the growing number of suicides, the Yellow September (from the 1st to the 31st of the month) is a time when several NGOs and public and private initiatives are dedicated to discussing not only suicide, but mental health of the Brazilian people. A noble initiative that, however, in its interventions with greater media repercussions, only present solutions to combat the symptoms, without considering that the great disease (capitalism) needs to be challenged so that we can finally speak about the mental health of the Brazilian people. ---- From the perspective of authors such as Fromm and Guinsberg[1], the social environment offers individuals models of structuring and functioning of the personality, and their subjectivity is constituted according to such models. Looking closely at the political and social crises in Brazil in the last decade, it is undeniable to point out that food insecurity, unemployment, parliamentary crises, in addition to the hopelessness that hovers among young people and adults regarding the quality of family and individual life, are extremely aggravating factors for mental picture of the population.

In this opportunity, part of the Yellow September campaigns that invade family environments through television and the internet do the disservice of depositing in the individual the tools necessary to overcome depression and anxiety. Slogans like: "You are strong"; "Try to relax"; "Meditate"; "We are together", are some of the countless catchphrases of a white and bourgeois campaign that reinforces meritocracy.

For a simple example, we will use the daily lives of workers in cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador who, in addition to having shifts of more than 8 hours of work, need crowded public transport to get around, earning a minimum wage that barely pays for transport and super inflated food and family needs. At what point can these individuals "medit" to combat anxiety and/or depression?

A white and bourgeois "Yellow September" only serves to train the working mass and reinforce neoliberal ideals. Decolonizing these campaigns is necessary for us to speak from the reality of subalternized people, we need actions aimed at combating capital and neoliberalism, the main villains in the mental health of the Brazilian people.

Campaigns for Decent Life and Food Sovereignty; insurgent organizations of indigenous peoples, quilombolas and sertanejos; the Web of Peoples, Reaja and political groups such as anarchists are some of the countless existing forms of contesting this model. Fighting capitalism and giving new meaning to work is a powerful way to suppress the disorders that plague the population's mental health. A strong community, with individuals fighting shoulder-to-shoulder is the true slogan for a Yellow September.

[1]CAMBAÚVA, Lenita Gama; SILVA JUNIOR, Mauricio Cardoso da. Depression and neoliberalism: constitution of mental health today. Psychology: Science and Profession, v. 25, p. 526-535, 2005.

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