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I like to tell you about spark: a man: Alfredo Olivera, his team: patients of a psychiatric public hospital and his project: a radio station.

While Alfredo was studying psychology at Buenos Aires Health University (Argentina, Southamerica) he realized that mental illness was much more a social problem than a medical one. He thought that a radio station could be the key to remove physical limits as hospitals wars, and social prejudice about crazy people.

He started with a tape recorder, sat in the garden of the psychiatric hospital and asked patients to tell him about life.

In 1991, with another nine people, he created the radio station "La Colifata" issued from the hospital to build bridges with society and vice versa and help social rehab. In the last 8 years 35% of in-patients became full out-patients.

La Colifata's Project is a therapeutic tool of worldwide recognition replicated in several countries Germany, Spain, Italy, France,Uruguay and Chile.

Alfredo remeber us:..."we don't heal this patients, we only help them to focus in their mental health"

Alfredo Olivera (1966)
Ashoka Fellow 2002
Website: www.lacolifata.org
Facebook: Radio La Colifata
Psychiatric Hospital Borda

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Comment by Annika Olofsdotter Bergström on March 8, 2010 at 9:50am
What a wonderful project.
Comment by Alessandra Giabbani on March 8, 2010 at 5:40pm
yes Annik, thanks for sharing!
Comment by Alessandra Giabbani on March 8, 2010 at 5:41pm
yes Annika, thanks for sharing!
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 8, 2010 at 5:54pm
I´ve heard about this project before but I didn´t know it had been replicated in Germany, Spain, Italy, France,Uruguay and Chile, that´s great!!!
Comment by Alessandra Giabbani on March 8, 2010 at 10:58pm
Patricio thanks for your comment, if you want to see more:
(i think you speak spanish?)
Se inauguró Radio Citron! - Radio Colifata en Paris
El dia 26 de Enero de 2010 fue la inauguración oficial de "Radio Citron", una experiencia francesa que nació desde la Asoc. Elan Retrouvé, inspirada en La Colifata.
La Asoc. Elan Retrouvé es una entidad que nació en 1948 en Francia, fruto de la post guerra. Brinda servicios y asistencia en salud Merntal y es considerada pionera en toda Francia en la línea de la Psiquiatría denominada "del Sector".
Posee varios hospitales de día, tres Servicios de acompañamiento a la vida Social de los pacientes ( SAVS) y varios centros de ayuda para el trabajo diseminados por todo París.
Durante el año 2008 el Lic. Alfredo Olivera y parte del equipo de profesionales de La Colifata viajaron a Paris, contratados por esta asociación para capacitar a los profesionales que intervendrían en el proyecto y acompañar el proceso de lanzamiento de la radio. Le damos la bienvenida a este nuevo emprendimiento. image
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Comment by MoE on March 9, 2010 at 1:08pm
Fighting disease by promoting ease: this is definitely cool. Thanks for sharing this knowledge (gave you my award).
I think that such professionals, adopting this approach for mental diseases, can show us how important is to consider people as complex living systems, actually going beyond the common, simplistic and mechanistic interpretations.
Comment by Claire Moylan on March 13, 2010 at 1:01am
It's a very transpersonal approach. I like it too.
Comment by Claire Moylan on March 13, 2010 at 1:02am
How can we take this concept and apply it to potential food riots and anxiety in future world food shortages?
Comment by Alan Andres Jarandilla Nuñez on March 13, 2010 at 1:22am
That information is very interesting, I like it and I thank you for sharing it to us
Comment by Alessandra Giabbani on March 19, 2010 at 3:04pm
Hola Panamerinaca, yo también contenta que no soy la única! te agregué como amigo!


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