Accessing and Utilizing One’s City Space: The Role of Specialized Community Mental Health Teams in Brazil and Canada [2020]

Community mental health programs have garnered significant attention during the last decade. In this paper we ask to what extent these programs impact the capacity of service users to move around in the city space. Drawing on case studies from ethnographic research conducted in Campinas (Brazil) and Montréal (Canada), which included semi-structured interviews with a total of 16 service users and 49 mental health professionals, we explore the significance of urban mobility as part of service users’ mental health recovery and service providers’ practice. Findings suggest that service providers play a key role in facilitating meaningful mobility in the city space.

Emmanuelle Khoury and Isabelle Ruelland
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Volume 39, Number 1, May 2020