SESAI performs actions focused on the prevention and the combat of suicide
Through the Special Indigenous Health Districts (DSEI), the Secretariat of Health intensified the importance of discussing the subject
In allusion to the yellow September, a month that makes reference to suicide prevention, the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) carried out several actions focused on the theme. Through the Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI), the goal was to intensify the visibility of this important issue, not only for indigenous people, but also for leaders, health teams, coordinators and workers, so that everyone can help in the prevention of indigenous suicide, since psychological suffering is also found within the indigenous context.
The 34 DSEI´s carried out activities such as training of professionals, educational activities in a playful way for the indigenous, lectures, conversation rounds, dynamics, walks for life, drawing contest, and production of educational material.
It is worth remembering that the meetings also included the participation of Indigenous Health Agents (AIS), who are indigenous workers.
In these activities topics such as alcohol abuse were also addressed, since this is a point of attention for the health teams and considered a risk factor for suicide, since the excessive use of alcohol modifies the mental functioning of those who consume it.
According to Patrícia Zolet Martins, a psychologist from the Department of Attention to Indigenous Health (DASI/SESAI), each action sought, mainly, to respect and value the cultures and traditions of each ethnic group, seeking to give meaning to daily activities and improve the well-being and quality of life of each population.
"It is worth mentioning that the actions of the health teams on these themes continue throughout the year, as they are extremely important, since they seek to give meaning to life, culture, tradition, and customs of each ethnic group," reinforces the psychologist.
The objective is to value and motivate the indigenous people to continue with self-care, seeking to take care of their families and be more attentive to each other.
The Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS) has psychologists, social workers, nurses, doctors, and indigenous health agents who carry out actions to welcome experiences of psychological suffering in indigenous villages.
The National Policy for the Health Care of Indigenous Peoples also includes health care professionals. With the program "Caring of the Caregiver", SESAI offers qualified listening and psychosocial support to the indigenous health workers, who have experienced situations of tension and concern because of the pandemic. The Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) can seek psychological care online with psychologists from other DSEI.
Text: Karina Borges - Nucom/Sesai
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/Sesai