International Helath Humanities Network: Humanities Subject Area Reports

Selected Healthcare Area: Mental health

Supported reporting of lived experience of people with mental illness

People with mental health challenges and others involved in their lives may benefit from reporting - writing and then possibly publishing - their lived experience. We describe a process to support such reporting.

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Converge: university-based courses in the arts for people who use mental health services

Converge offers courses in the arts to people who use mental health services. These courses are taught by university students and staff.

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Public Health and Social Justice Website with Significant Humanities Content

The public health and social justice website can be found at:

http://www.publichealthandsocialjustice.org  or  http://www.phsj.org

The website contains articles and open-access slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice, along with hundreds of external links. There is significant content focusing on the medical humanities on the "Literature, Medicine, and Public Health" page at http://phsj.org/literature-medicine-and-public-health/

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Piano Moves

A dance performance by 3rd Stage Dance Company concentrating on piano studies by composers such as Scolding, Turner, Debussy, Schuman and Sculthorpe.

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The book, the stories, the people: the research context of a dialogic narrative inquiry

The research component of this project sits within narrative inquiry as a moral endeavour in the human sciences; the pedagogy of suffering in the sociology of health and illness; and mental health narrative recovery.

The book, the stories, the people: an ongoing dialogic narrative inquiry study combining a practice development project. Part 1: the research context (PDF)

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The book, the stories, the people: the practice development context of a dialogic narrative inquiry

This paper reports on a Writing for Recovery practice development project which is part of broader, ongoing narrative research.

The book, the stories, the people: an ongoing dialogic narrative inquiry study combining a practice development project. Part 2: the practice development context (PDF)

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Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion.

I am delighted to share the news about the recent publication of my new book 'Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion" (Intellect, December 15th 2016) with the IHHN members. The book presents a 5-year theatre research study with children and their families in hospitals in W. Midlands in the U.K. Detailed examples of everyday artistic practice in hospital, vibrant dialogues between children as audiences and actors as visitors in the medical world, incidents of breath-taking theatrical experiences in children's wards (paediatrics, cardiac, oncology and intensive care units) and, evidence of the impact of bedside theatre on child emotional and social wellbeing during their stay in hospital make this book unique. Now that I am reading it, I feel that I have been truthful to myself while writing it. I also feel that I represent the truths of my actors, volunteers and audiences, including children, their families, nursing staff and arts managers in hospitals. Of course, I may be biased and therefore, I would love to hear from you, the readers, about your impressions, views, and opinions. My contact is p.sextou@newman.ac.uk 

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network