Free Photovoice exhibit

Located at: 2nd floor-2750 East Hastings

Photovoice is a research method that enables participants to talk bout their lived experience of mental illness thru photography and journaling.  The photos in the lobby are a part of the Imagining Inclusion project creating upstream change in Community Mental Health.  This project is a partnership between Vancouver Coastal health, Open Door group, York University and Douglas College and was funded by the Vancouver Foundation 

The photos were taken by clients of the North East Mental Health Team as well las the Open Door Group Thrive Program.  Participants took photos and wrote reflections on various research questions and met weekly in 3 hour meetings led by Peer Researchers for 5 weeks.     

The purpose of the project was to look at how people with lived experience of mental illness experience community inclusion and health and wellbeing and showcase experiences of mental health recovery. 

One of the key findings of the research was the concept of Healthwork.  Healthwork is the intentional individualized life long, precarious and often invisible daily effort involved in the recovery process.  Healthwork shows the day to day effort or work of living with a mental illness and the impact of social determinants of health on people’s recovery process.  

The exhibit will be in the lobby of the North East Mental Health Team in April 2019 and at South Team in June 2019.

This project is a partnership between Vancouver Coastal health, Open Door group, York University and Douglas College and was funded by the Vancouver Foundation 

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