Living in São Paulo Metropolitan Area: Understanding the Impact on Mental Health

“São Paulo cannot stop.” This has been the motto of the richest and most populous city in Brazil since the beginning of its industrialisation in the early 20th century. Considered today as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, this important industrial, financial and commercial centre, where many people come to fulfil their dreams of a better life, also charges a heavy price to its citizens. Environmental pollution, violence, segregation and social deprivation are all factors that may be associated with a higher prevalence of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

In this article, coming out of a workshop of the project M3: Mental Health, Migration and the Megacity, Laura Helena Andrade and collaborators reflect on the relationship between the process of urbanisation in São Paulo and the impact on the mental health and wellbeing of its inhabitants. The full article is available here: Living in São Paulo Metropolitan Area- understanding the impact on mental health.