Through the largest itinerant health program in Brazil, Saúde da Gente, Maceió City Hall has expanded assistance in numerous areas of health in the Capital. Among the areas most benefiting from a better distribution of professionals is mental health, which now has more accessible care in the city’s various health units. From the implementation of services in 2022 until now, the program has had more than 53 thousand consultations for routine care with psychologists at the units.
The People’s Health Program operates on six fronts: children’s health, women’s health, men’s health, animal health, cave health and mental health. On an itinerant basis, the team travels to different neighborhoods in the capital, staying there for a week; bringing closer and easier access to health for the population with medical services, referrals, exams and vaccinations.
With the action, professionals add efforts to the mental health care structure that already exists in the municipal network. It occurs as a spontaneous demand and in a decentralized manner, with reception and service in the program tents.
When necessary, referrals are made to health units close to the neighborhood in question. In this case, to receive care, the person must be a user of the unit or receive a referral directed to the service, in the Saúde da Gente program tent.
The Program team operates on an itinerant basis and has already visited numerous areas of the city. Photo: Ascom SMS
According to psychologist Liliana Pinheiro, who works at Saúde da Gente, current emotional disorders, such as anxiety, have been caused by factors such as the obsessive search for bodily perfection, violence and other social aspects, which bring countless harm to mental health. of the individual.
“We first welcome these people who seek care in the program tent, but as the session time is short, just 30 minutes, the user is referred to a unit closer to their home. There, he can be monitored for a period of 3 to 6 months, or continuously, according to the assessment made by the unit’s professional”, highlights Liliana.
According to some data from the Municipal Health Department (SMS), through registered psychological care, 18,130 are diagnosed with anxiety, 5,506 with depression, 1,827 users with stress, 1,603 are experiencing emotional problems caused by grief and 5,349 are experiencing family problems that intensify the negative emotional aspects.
“With numbers like these, the importance of psychological support for the population is clear, as there is a high demand for help, reflecting how this reality has affected the mental well-being and quality of life of a significant number of people”, highlights the psychologist.