Benno de Keijzer This chapter is part of a long-term joint research effort in Mexico , focusing on men’s violence,1 and a more personal analysis of men and. 2Marina Subirats and Amparo Tome, Paulas de observacion del sexismo en el dmhito educativo ”Benno de Keijzer, “Patemidad y transicion de genero. For a sense of the significance of the work that Benno de Keijzer has been doing with Salud y Genero, see Gabriela Rodriguez and Benno de Keijzer, La Noche.
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Although there are few reliable statistics, mental ill health is a major burden for much of the population, either as a direct affliction or indirectly as one person’s illness affects their family, workplace, and community. Benno, who has played a major catalytic role in developing an organized popular medical health movement in Mexico, proposes to bring effective mental health care within the reach of the majority of Mexicans.
Benno’s first task is to develop enough of a practical body of expertise in providing community-based mental health care to begin a cycle of grassroots experimentation, modification, and more experimentation.
Whereas doctors, especially in the PVO popular health movement have learned to adopt effective traditional diagnostic categories, frames of thinking, and both procedures and medicines, the same is not true for psychiatrists and psychologists.
Probably in the long-term, the most innovative aspect of his work resides in his openness to incorporating traditional language, categories, and curing techniques for mental illness into a wider theoretical framework.
Too often “modern” medicine dismisses as illogic or witchcraft approaches that have been effective but that come from non-Aristotelian ways of thinking.
It also reported such disturbing results as an unprecedented and high incidence of unmarried teenage mothers in remote mountain villages. Most of the studies that have been carried out tend to focus on concrete phenomena such as suicide, alcoholism or drug addiction.
In the process, he is stimulating the development of a new field of popular psychological care that listens to and incorporates local and historical cultures and their ways of thinking about and dealing with mental health. Benno’s vision and commitment to bringing effective mental health care to most Mexicans grows out of the several major strands of his life experience so far — seeing the urgency of the need at both the rural and urban grassroots and having played a central role in helping medical workers learn how to provide appropriate physical health care to the majority through community self-help and the good sense to listen carefully to his clients.
In the interim, these draft materials will help focus local experiments. Benno consequently must a develop new techniques and b reach not only millions of heretofore unhelped sufferers but also expand and change the thinking first within the popular health movement and then more broadly among health workers and policy makers. It’s not like other more easily identifiable illnesses since it can take a variety of forms: While recognizing that many specifics are different, he believes that many of the basic principles nenno work in the popular health movement will bnno to the mental health field.
Despite the scope and importance of the problem, trying to bring mental health care to the majority of Mexicans is kiejzer uncharted terrain. His initial benbo is on the following topics: Keijxer communities and their neighborhood health para-professionals have learned that medical knowledge is not the exclusive domain of university trained doctors, and have started to deal with a great number of health problems themselves, the same situation has not developed in the field of mental illness.
However, he became increasingly concerned both with how medicine might reach the disadvantaged majority and also with the possible value of traditional medicine. The procedures have, by and large yet to be worked through, acceptance won, and training courses for village health workers begun. After completing his studies, Benno worked for several formative years in health education in Central America, principally Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Health, Gender, and Social Determinants in Mexico, by de Keijzer
After testing, discussion, and revision they will carry these reforms far and wide. As a result, the incidence of mental ill health is probably above the global average and rising. It began by summarizing many of the breakdowns and sources of disillusion facing young people, ranging from missing migrant laborer fathers to dismal job prospects. For Benno, this is a keizer of listening at least as much as training.
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For example, he believes that it is essential that local communities themselves learn how to deal with mental illness. For popular mental health care to succeed, then, Benno must first develop simple, economic, culturally and psychologically appropriate tools local “barefoot psychologists” can use. Benno’s initial studies, done in coordination with other health PVOs, point to four major areas of mental ill health that are well-suited to community level care: Over the last several years, Benno has coordinated a variety of national and ,eijzer American workshops intended to build awareness, chiefly in medical circles, of the need for broad mental health care action.
Benno is working to fill an urgent theoretical–and very practical–gap in community medicine, both in Mexico and throughout Latin America, namely, the lack of an appropriate model for dealing adequately with mental sickness.
Centre for Gender and Global Health – Benno De Keijzer
By helping community health workers learn how to recognize and deal with the most widespread forms of mental health problems, Benno de Keijzer is bringing ee needed help to millions of seriously ill Mexicans and their families in areas or at income levels where psychiatrists are exceedingly rare. Since Mexico is now in the middle of rapid urbanization and structural economic change and dislocationMexicans are experiencing higher than average levels of stress and disruption of key support structures, such as the family.
One of the reasons the statistics are so alarming is that the problem of mental ill health is difficult to measure. As quickly as possible he will translate keijzed results of these experiments keiijzer accessible and low cost teaching materials and manuals for community health promoters. Only this way, Benno feels, can a bennl proposal for training mental health promoters be worked out which will in turn have a broad application.
Even though Mexico has an active popular health movement and there are a wide variety of PVOs dealing with diverse aspects of community health, the issue of mental health has been largely ignored with the limited exception of the substitution of some herbal remedies for anti-depressants and tranquilizers.
Developing these tools and an overall framework will involve not only researching the different perspectives offered by psychology, anthropology, and cultural sociology but also, and probably more important and congenial, working together closely in action research with the promoters.
Here he helped crystalize and spread the effective methodologies being developed at the grassroots. Once this process takes hold, it will produce more and more results, ed, and then again more results. While useful, they underlined for him the need to develop specific procedures local general health workers realistically could master and use effectively.
A recent meeting of Ashoka Fellows in Cuernavaca focusing on the problems of Mexican youth drew a troubling composite picture from many different communities. Benno’s beginning point, therefore, is training local general health promoters how keihzer recognize and deal with mental disorders. He initially trained as a doctor at the national university. The benefits of a similar process are already now apparent in the popular medical health field.