DSEI Yanomami develops special actions in allusion to "Yellow September"
Workshops, lectures, and actions about mental health will be intensified during the suicide prevention month.
The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) has, over the years, encouraged special actions to prevent suicide among indigenous people. In this sense, in allusion to the "Yellow September - month of prevention and combat to suicide" the Special Indigenous Sanitary District Yanomami (DSEI-Y), began this week a campaign of prevention, education and monitoring.
This year´s theme is: "You matter! You have value! You are not alone. Through this motto, the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) will hold courses, lectures and workshops with the Yanomami indigenous people and will also have psychological support to identify possible patients at risk of mental health and guidance, if necessary, on how to act to cope with situations. The idea is that all professionals, including the Indigenous Health Agents (AIS) work together to combat suicide.
Another action that will be carried out, was thought and developed to draw the indigenous people´s attention during the lectures and actions: a drawing contest following the theme of the year. A way for indigenous people to express their emotions and feelings through images. In 2018, the contest was already a success among them.
The winning drawings from the previous edition* will have their artwork reproduced on flannelgraphs - flannel-covered pictures that tell stories through drawings and artwork.
This year´s winning illustrations will also be highlighted. They will be part of the publication of the educational booklet that is being developed for next year, for the continuity of the suicide prevention project. According to the member of the health promotion core of the Yanomami DSEI, Andreia Olivio, the idea is that every year new actions to combat suicide are developed, always involving the indigenous people. "With these incentives we will carry out the actions for the community, encouraging the search for help, which is fundamental for a more effective surveillance of the community when a patient in mental distress is identified," she believes.
All the actions that will take place in the area will respect the Covid-19 prevention guidelines and the videos will be translated to be distributed among the Yanomami.
*illustrative images from 2018 works
Text: Karina Borges - Nucom/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda – Nucom/SESAI