Category: Artefact

The Psychiatric Gaze

The Psychiatric Gaze Unit Takeaways Appreciate the negative impact of power imbalances and distance in the mental health system between those who provide and those who use services Understand the damage that can be done in the practitioner-patient relationship when patients are understood through their diagnoses rather than their skills and life experience Recognize the …

MoVay’s Way

MoVay’s Way Unit Takeaways Appreciate the importance of service user perspectives in determining appropriate plans for care and wellbeing Recognize the importance of exercise, food, and sociability in supporting good mental health and caring for the whole person Artefact This artefact is a 3 minute video made by puppeteer and community expert Lori E. An …

Lesson Planning

Ya’Ya Heit and Indigenous Mental Health Unit Takeaways Recognize colonialism as a distal determinant of mental health and wellbeing and the relevance of the Indian Act to mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples Understand the impact of historical and legal forces on current material circumstances and mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples Appreciate …

The Doreen Befus Story

The Doreen Befus Story Unit Takeaways Recognize the historical role of medicine, science and the law and their institutions in violating the human rights of mental health patients Understand the danger of unchecked professional power and authority as evidenced in the theory and practices of eugenics Appreciate the possible consequences of professional practice that negates …

Artefact Evaluation: Visualizing Ideas

Artefact Evaluation: Visualizing Ideas Timing: 45 Minutes, flexible Mode: In-class; Online Use the Learning Lens and Artefacts in Context sections to introduce this component to your students and to discuss the difference between advocacy and activism.  Then have students view the Toronto Activists video either in-class or online, instructing them to watch it purposefully for …

Go Nuts!

Go Nuts! Unit Takeaways Appreciate the diversity of perspectives within the mad community Value a radical service user perspective which celebrates mental diversity, simple pleasures, and alternative treatment modalities Artefact This artefact is a short video called Go Nuts! – an entertaining 4-minute homage to mad culture and a provocative critique of normalcy and its …

Making Madness Political

Making Madness Political Unit Takeaways Understand activism as pragmatic and strategic rather than just ideological and/or dogmatic Appreciate the personally transformative impact of community change work Explain between the role of media and popular culture inside marginalized groups and outside the mad movement as shaping broader societal attitudes Artefacts David Reville’s dynamic scrapbook displays his …

The Toronto Scene

The Toronto Scene Unit Takeaways Understand that mad activism is a social and cultural movement which fosters positive individual and community identity Appreciate that advocacy and activism function differently to promote social change Artefact This artefact is a fifteen-minute video featuring oral history interviews shot in 2009.  Secondary student Lily Ross-Millard used the footage to …

Lesson Plans

MPA: The Inmates’ Utopia Unit Takeaways Understand the power of activism in mental health communities Appreciate the empowering attributes of democratic structure and shared accountability in grassroots mental health groups and projects Recognize that service users often know what they need and can play an active role in the provision of appropriate services Appreciate the …

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 …