Category: Community Expert Contribution

Artefact Evaluation: 1 Play

Artefact Evaluation: 1 Play Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Select one of the plays prepared by Branwen Willow and Cat Omura and have students read the parts in a large discussion group. Then use the corresponding set of questions, which were carefully developed by these community experts, to generate discussion about the play. Online, …

Artefact Evaluation: 3 Plays

Artefact Evaluation: 3 Plays Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Have students read and act out their play scripts. Online, students can listen to the audio recordings of the plays prepared by Branwen Willow and Cat Omura. Use the questions below, which were carefully developed by these community experts, to generate class discussion about the …

Artefact Evaluation: Group Think Tank

Artefact Evaluation: Group Think Tank Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Ask your students to reflect on Margo’s recovery story and collectively make a list of the different tools that Margo found helpful.  Next, have your students brainstorm other practices that would be helpful in the process of recovery and consider how the community, mental …

Past, Present, Future

Past, Present, Future Unit Takeaways Appreciate system user perspectives on mental health policy Understand relations of power in the mental health system (patient/doctor/nurse/staff) Artefacts The artefacts for this unit are three short plays, fictionalized accounts of mental health experiences in the past, present, and imagined future. Play 1: “But Now We Know Better”  (past) Transcript …

Tools for Recovery

Tools for Recovery Unit Takeaways Recognize the importance of peer support in developing coping strategies and new skill sets Value creativity and community engagement as pathways to confidence and wellbeing Acknowledge systemic barriers to recovery Artefact The artefact for this unit is a recovery memoir by community expert Margo Robinson setting out what she thinks …

Question Man

Question Man Unit Takeaways Appreciate that patients may experience mental health services as oppressive and soul-destroying Understand the importance of practitioners working with patients to help reclaim strengths and strategies that were part of their identity before they experienced mental health difficulties Value voice, resiliency, resistance and experiential knowledge in supporting good mental health 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 …

Artefact Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules

Artefact Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Project community expert Irit Shimrat also made Question Man, another short video for the History and Practice teaching resources.  Students can view Go Nuts! and Question Man alongside one another and use them as a basis for an in-class or online discussion of …

Artefact Evaluation: Finding Fun

Artefact Evaluation: Finding Fun Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online After playing “Go Nuts” for your class or having them view it online, have students write a 140-character tweet that celebrates mental diversity and difference.