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
Facebook: Radio La Colifata
Psychiatric Hospital Borda