[THE RESEARCH PROCESS: PHOTOVOICE]
Our purpose is to study how people with lived experience of mental health issues experience community, inclusion, health and well-being.
RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS are a group of diverse individuals with lived experience of mental health issues.
They were given cameras to record visually their responses to research questions.
DISCUSSIONS OF THE PHOTOS were audio recorded and participants wrote reflections to develop a narrative for each of their photographs.
Throughout the Photovoice process, the participants worked with students from Douglas College and peer researchers.
Research participants have also been involved in PEER TASK GROUPS. The Peer Task Groups have worked on various tasks, including data analysis, planning photo exhibits, writing community newsletters, and planning and preparing for a Speakers’ Series for Mental Health Awareness week (May 5-7, 2015).
PROJECT FINDINGS will be disseminated to a diverse group of community stakeholders via the photo exhibits, community newsletters, and an evidence-based Theory of Change that will help with the design and implementation of therapeutic recreation services for people living with mental illness.
[EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOMES]
- Contribution to the body of knowledge on (a) the experiences of social isolation, poverty, and stigma for individuals living with mental illness and (b) meanings of community inclusion, health and well-being for individuals living with mental illness
- Increased understanding of the experiences of individuals living with mental illness among students, faculty, service providers, and the general public.
- Ability to identify aspects of TR interventions that promote community inclusion, health and well-being for people with lived experience of mental illness
- Increased research knowledge and skills of peer researchers, service providers, students, and faculty.
- The emergence of new partnerships among diverse stakeholders through the wide-spread distribution of e-newsletters and a tool-kit of outcome measures of community inclusion, health and well-being.
[PARTNERS + SPONSORS]