Hospital Patients Use Radio Program To Change Stigma
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 14, 2004
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA--Every Saturday for the past 14 years, psychiatric patients at Borda Hospital broadcast a six-hour program called "Radio La Colifata", which means "Crazy Radio".
Patients talk about their experiences at the institution, tell listeners about their feelings and dreams, and read poetry.
What was originally intended as a recorded group therapy program has evolved into a local sensation. The program has been picked up by radio stations. A television network plans to use part of it on a health program. Excerpts from show have been mixed into popular music.
According to a story from the Voice of America, the program is therapeutic in that it gives patients a way to express themselves and to realize they are not alone.
It also has been a way for some to connect with family and friends outside the facility's walls.
Those involved in the program say they believe it has changed the way the public views people with mental illness.
"Argentine Mental Hospital's Talk Therapy Radio Helps Erase Stigma of Mental Illness" (Voice of America)