Category: Stigma

Artefact Evaluation: Report Back

Artefact Evaluation: Report Back  Timing: 15 to 20 minutes Mode: In-class; Online Lanny Beckman explores the differences between what he learned about mental health in the university classroom versus his lived experience in the mental health system.   Dividing the class into small groups, give your students 2 minutes to talk about what parts of …

Artefacts: Self-Guided

Artefacts: Self-Guided Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In class; On-line In-class or online, students can read or listen to Lanny Beckman’s memoir, a compelling consideration of the distance between mental health practitioners and people who live with mental health diagnoses.  Ask students to use the following themes to guide their consideration of this component: Professional knowledge …

Artefact Evaluation: Intersectional Analysis

Artefact Evaluation: Intersectional Analysis Timing: 30 Minutes Use Beckman’s piece titled “What If?  …Cancer Prisons” as a prompt for your students in a creative writing or cartooning exercise. Ask your students to respond to Beckman’s satirical treatment of the criminalization of mental difference and substance use.  Encourage them to use humour (carefully!) to delve deeper …

Artefact Evaluation: Getting to Activism

Artefact Evaluation: Getting to Activism Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class Pat Capponi and veteran Vancouver activist and writer Lanny Beckman have never met each other, but wouldn’t they have an interesting conversation if they did?  Imagine the two talking about the life moments and influences that helped push them from personal dislocation to empathy and …

Artefact Evaluation: Think Piece

Artefact Evaluation: Think Piece in Governmentality Timing: 45 Minutes; Flexible  Mode: In-class; Online Professor Kathy Kendall, the sociologist who discovered the 1940s radio plays, describes them as an example of governmentality, the creation of the ideal Canadian citizen through the guidance of mental health experts and the use of public education. Hear Kendall make these connections. …

Artefact Evaluation: Creating a Play

Artefact Evaluation: Creating a Radio Play Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class These radio plays help us to understand the socio-political-historical context in which madness is defined and managed.  The act of writing a script for a current radio play prescribing “appropriate” behaviour allows students to explore how socio-political influences impact what we see as pathological …

Artefacts: Self-Guided

Artefacts: Radio Plays – Self Guided Learning Timing: 60 minutes Mode: In-class; Online Instructors can assign either Radio Play 1 and its accompanying commentary or Radio Play 2 and its accompanying commentary for students to listen to online or in class.  Students should listen to their assigned play and take note of words and ideas …

Us and Them

Us and Them Unit Takeaways Recognize the profound dislocation of self and identity in mental health crises Appreciate the importance (and challenges) of empathic and critically-informed practice in bridging the distance between mental health practitioner and service user Artefact The artefact for this unit is a reflection on the distance between the patient and the …

What If?

What If? Unit Takeaways Recognize stigmatizing attitudes toward mental health and mental health patients, as compared to other medicalized conditions and patients categories Artefact The artefact for this unit is “What If? …Cancer Prisons,” a short satirical essay that contrasts attitudes toward cancer patients and mental health patients. Written by a HiP community expert Lanny …