Empowering the voice of the users


  • Richard Weingarten Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


User, Recovery, Empowerment, Mission, Speaking up community, ” Telling Our Stories”.


The article describes the creation, implementation and first year outcomes of the Speaking up community;” Telling Our Stories” program in Sao Paulo, Santa Maria, RS and Rio de Janeiro.  The article shows how the program grew out of a call for more lived experiences of recovery among user in Brasil and how Richard Weingarten adapted a similar North American program for Brazilian culture. The aims of the CDF are to inform the public about the real lived experiences of mental disorders while at the same time eliminate the prejudice and discrimination often targeted at Brazilian users and their families. The article contains commentary by the various audiences that have participated in the CDF (medical schools, nursing programs, hospitals CAPs, family associations, etc.) as well as testimonials by users who have presented the program. 



Como Citar

WEINGARTEN, R. Empowering the voice of the users. Cadernos Brasileiros de Saúde Mental/Brazilian Journal of Mental Health, [S. l.], v. 9, n. 21, p. 146-157, 2017. Disponível em: https://periodicos.ufsc.br/index.php/cbsm/article/view/69542. Acesso em: 28 jan. 2022.