PROJECT

How is the mental health of favela residents? What are the effects of armed conflicts, so frequent in these communities, on their balance and physical health? And what resources and strategies help these people to take care of their safety and well-being? These were some of the questions that guided the research Building Barricades, carried out in the 16 favelas of Maré, in Rio de Janeiro.


The pioneering study shows that people in situations of violence are more vulnerable to mental suffering. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and suicide attempts are some of the frequent disorders. The survey Building Barricades, led by the English organization People's Palace Projects and by Redes da Maré, was carried out between 2018 and 2020 with 1,411 residents over 18 years of age and has as a consequence the 1st Mental Health Week of Maré, Rema Maré, which took place between the 23rd and 28th of August and had several cultural activities, debates and interventions in the different favelas that make up Maré.


 

 

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In addition to a profile of the population, with data on skin color, education, occupation, income, cultural habits and religion, the survey provides information on the exposure of residents to violent situations, which cause them fear, their perceptions about their own physical and mental health, cultural consumption habits and patterns of legal and illegal drug use.

 

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The project, developed over almost three years, brought together researchers from various areas – social sciences, health, economics and culture – from UFRJ, UFRGS and People's Palace Projects with the University of Queen Mary in London and is divided into four publications that deal with the theme, from different approaches, in addition to a newsletter and infographics of the research. Anthropologist Luís Eduardo Soares signs a book of narratives about the study.



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The quantitative survey interviewed 1,211 residents in randomly chosen households, with reports and perceptions collected from interviews and focus groups. The qualitative phase adopted several approaches. Twenty in-depth interviews were conducted with residents, seven professional interviews, and three focus groups, which brought together young artists and participants in artistic projects, professionals from the Support Network for Women in Maré and the interviewers themselves who applied the questionnaires from house to house. The survey also interviewed 200 users of crack, alcohol and other drugs who frequent Maré.



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BUILDING BARRICADES RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré
People’s Palace Projects, Queen Mary University of London
People’s Palace Projects do Brasil
Escola de Serviço Social e Instituto de Psiquiatria, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Núcleo de Estudos em Economia da Cultura (NECCULT), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

CHIEF RESEARCHER

Paul Heritage (PPP/QMUL)

GENERAL CONSULTANT

Eliana Sousa Silva (Redes da Maré)

CO-RESEARCHERS

Stefan Priebe - Director of the Social and Communitarian Psychiatry Unity, Collaborative Center with the WHO for Mental Health Development, QMUL
Miriam Krenzinger - Director of the Social Service School at UFRJ
Marcelo Santos Cruz - Instituto de Psiquiatria (IPUB) from UFRJ
Leandro Valiati – NECCULT UFRGS

REDES DA MARÉ TEAM

Maira Gabriel - Research assistant and general field coordinator
Rodrigo Bodão - Research assistant
Luna Arouca - Research assistant (Normal Space)
Dalcio Marinho - Statistics manager
Bianca Cambiaghi - Statistics assistant
Elza Sousa Silva – Research assistant and field researcher
Maykon Sardinha – Territorial mobilizer

FIELD RESEARCHERS

Jordana Faria
Isabele dos Anjos
Viviane Linhares
Maria Daiana

PEOPLE’S PALACE PROJECTS TEAM

Renata Peppl - Project General Manager
Brenno Erick - Project coordinator
Raquel Roldanus Dias e Rafael Braga: Financial administration in Brazil Fabiana Comparato - Editorial coordinator
Fabiana Comparato - coordenadora editorial
Yula Rocha - Communication manager

RESEARCH TEAM - SOCIAL SCIENCES (COORDINATOR: MIRIAM KRENZINGER)

Giselle Moraes - Research assistant and field researcher
Nathália Guindani - Research assistant
Luiz Eduardo Soares - Consultant and author
Eduardo Ribeiro – Consultant, data and statistics

RESEARCH TEAM - HEALTH (COORDINATOR: MARCELO SANTOS CRUZ)

Ana Carolina Mathias - Research assistant
Taís Vernaglia - Research assistant
Maurício Letta - Research assistant

RESEARCH TEAM - CULTURE (COORDINATOR: LEANDRO VALIATI)

Bruna Cataldo - Research assistant
Luísa Iachan - Research assistant

FINANCING

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). All work carried out by the People's Palace Project is supported by the Queen Mary University of London and Arts Council England.




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