On February 15, 2020, Google artists designed a Doodle to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth of Nise da Silveira. So, who is Nise da Silveira?
"To fight adversity, one must have these qualities: Spirit of adventure, courage, perseverance and passion" - Nise da Silveira.
The sentence summed up the life of Nise da Silveira, a Brazilian psychiatrist with a vision and open living qualities. She is one of the few women in the medical industry who boldly challenges current mental health treatments to pioneer a more humane approach to treating mental patients.
Image on Google homepage February 15.(Source: Google Doodle).
Born on February 15, 1905 in the northeastern part of the city of Maceió - the capital of the state of Alagoas (Brazil), Nise da Silveira completed his medical degree in 1926 at the age of 21. She is the only woman in the university class majoring in medicine.
When Nise da Silveira began working at a national psychiatric center in 1933, he felt resentful at the harsh medical procedures doctors were relying on to treat mental illnesses.
Refusing to see the injustices that occur daily with her patients, she bravely challenges adversity. Ms. Nise da Silveira began her research and support for more humane rehabilitation treatments.
Instead of being frightened and cruel to the mentally ill, Nise da Silveira encouraged the sick to enter the world of their own thinking through painting and sculpture. Later, she became one of the first to incorporate animals into her practice as a co-therapist.
The artworks of mental patients.(Source: Scottishmedicalhumanities).
New psychiatrist Nise da Silveira's approach has gained tremendous success from her patients, not only helping them to recover but also paving the way to a whole new way of thinking about care. mental health professionals / doctors.
In 1956, she opened a clinic dedicated to rehabilitation for former patients of mental hospitals, to avoid institutionalization and to limit the freedom of the healers.
She died at the age of 94 on October 30, 1999 in Rio de Janeiro, and left a truly unique heritage. Her passion and devotion to the value of emotional connection, creativity and compassion are reminders of the importance of these qualities in both the treatment and rehabilitation of people. mental illness.
Brazilian female doctor Nise da Silveira (1905-1999).(Photo: Internet).
In recognition of the great work of Nise da Silveira, Brazil has built a private museum named after her. To date, the museum is still open with a collection of more than 350,000 works of art created by mental patients.
Her path of struggle for the sick inspired many around the world, leading to the establishment of therapeutic organizations in Brazil and around the world.