At Rio’s Carnival, Samba Is Psychiatry (35 images)

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In Rio de Janeiro mental health workers and psychiatric patients organize a Carnival block to promote social integration and equality and raise awareness about mental health issues.

The group — called Tá Pirando, Pirado, Pirou! (which roughly translates to “We’re freaking out, we keep freaking out!”) — began at a time when Brazil was in the process of dismantling its century-old system of mental asylums. A law passed in 2001 called for...
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