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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Radio La Colifata

This radio station from Buenos Aires is a brilliant example of patient empowerment; people with mental health problems getting together and telling their own stories.

In my article on blog therapy I talked about the 'Pennebaker disclosure effect', a phenomenon whereby talking or writing about your most traumatic experiences causes genuine mental and physical healing.

I think that this must be happening at Radio La Colifata too, but also far more.

Paulo Freire wrote in his brilliant 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' that in order for a person to change their world, it is neccessary first for them to name it. By attaining a voice for themselves, these sufferers from mental illness have found a way to talk about their worlds, to broadcast their experiences, and to become known by millions of listeners.

I would love to hear a British version of this Radio Station - for once real life and bitter experience breaking through the airw


At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Susan said...

This "Crazy Radio" is such a great concept and I love the fact they have 12 million listeners. Writing has always been therapeutic but someone should do a study on why expressing your thoughts in a public setting such as a blog or a radio is possibly more effective than expressing it in a private journal. I guess human connection in the shadows of life is the answer.

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous sasha said...

Although one may be able to name their demons in a private journal, some people need to do that in an inter-personal setting, acquiring a recognition, a visibility - and getting feedback.
I think one of the amazing functions of radio colifata is that it teaches the general public, the audience, more about themselves. If you view a mental hospital as an untpped reservoir of informtion about a society, then this kind of broadcasting is a rare enlightenment.


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