Interview to Edgar Vinyals, considerate as a referent of the movement “in first person” in Spain
Edgar Vinyals is considerate as a referent of the movement “in first person” in Spain, a community integrated by people who has an “own experience of mental health” and propose to generate changes in the current mental health services. “If we are being considerate as unstable people, we feel legitimated to mention and denounce the power unstable”, says E. Vinyals, founder of the inclusive entertainment association Saraü and president of the Catalane Federation of mental health entities. Created and directed “in first person”, this federation seeks promoting this movement by the defense of rights so that the collective voice has a politic influence. “Nothing about us, without us”, synthetize E. Vinyals, who was diagnosed of bipolar disorder type 1 during his adolescence. He decides to relate his relationship with this diagnose, his experience with the hospital admissions and the manner in which his activism was introduced in his life: “For me there is no other way to get rid of myself than explaining the others about myself”.