Recovering from mental illness and suicidal behaviour in a culturally diverse context: the use of digital storytelling in cross-cultural medical humanities and mental health

Colucci, Erminia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9714-477X and McDonough, Susan (2019) Recovering from mental illness and suicidal behaviour in a culturally diverse context: the use of digital storytelling in cross-cultural medical humanities and mental health. In: Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. Lo, Vivienne, Berry, Chris and Liping, Guo, eds. Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies . Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 205-225. ISBN 9781138580299, e-ISBN 9780429507465. (doi:10.4324/9780429507465-18)

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Abstract

en people of immigrant and refugee background, with a lived experience of mental health or emotional issues, participated in a four-day digital storytelling workshop, to create a story that expressed something about their personal encounters with mental ill-health and recovery. As many other DST projects have done before, this project used the power of first-person narratives and provided an opportunity for ‘unheard voices to be heard’.The storytellers were supported to create their own accounts, share their experiences (in mainstream media, in policy and service settings, and for practitioner education), grow in self-confidence, and develop other capabilities.This chapter describes the DST process and discusses its impact from the perspective of the two project coordinators in consultation with six participants, five as storytellers and one support person. It also provides the perspective of a Mandarin-speaking participant in depth. The digital stories can be
freely viewed at www.vtmh.org.au.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 28917
Notes on copyright: This is a published version of a book chapter published by Routledge in Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities on 20/12/2019, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781138580299
The book is published open access under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)
© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Vivienne Lo, Chris Berry and Guo Liping; individual chapters, the contributors
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Depositing User: Erminia Colucci
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 13:25
Last Modified: 25 May 2020 02:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28917

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