Psychiatric patients grab the microphone

Dolors Odena describes Radio Nikosia as the only place where she does not feel ill. She is reporter at the Barcelona-based radio programme, and like all the reporters, a psychiatric patient. Many of them have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Radio Nikosia aims at empowering psychiatric patients and tearing down prejudices on mental health. In the studio, the reporters carnivalise and invert the traditional roles by interviewing experts on the live programme. They say that they feel stronger when behind the microphone. Radio Nikosia is part of an international radio movement that started in “El Borda” mental health hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Published in Helsingin Sanomat in 2009.

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