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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

versión On-line ISSN 2340-2733versión impresa ISSN 0211-5735


TIZON, Jorge L.. Mental health, urbanism and cities: 1. On the psychosomatics and psychodynamics of urban life. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2006, vol.26, n.1, pp.09-29. ISSN 2340-2733.

The work was carried out starting from an invitation of the local entities of The Mine, a neighborhood of Barcelona's conurbation loaded with many social and psychosocial risk factors. The proposal of the work consists on thinking about the future of the own neighborhood from the perspective of the mental health, keeping in mind the urban plans and changes that are being carried out to its surroundings, such as the Forum of the Cultures and the new reordering of the Barcelona seaside. We begin from our experiences and studies of the Mental Health Units of La Mina (adults, children and drugs unit) during 18 years. Stress is made in the importance of the "profane network of contention" and in the difficulties of the profesionalized intervention in urban zones with accumulation of psychosocial risk factors. Those experiences and reflections are connected with key experiences in contemporary public health, such as the studies of Roseto (Pennsylvania, EUA) and Whitehall (UK). That conflicting reflection is the one that gives place to my model of the "levels for the contention" that I have used from then in diverse fields and, especially, for the relationship between regional planning and mental health.

Palabras clave : Risk factors; Psychosocial Risk factors; Psychosomatics; Social network; Social Psychiatry; Community Mental Health.

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