Améliorer la santé mentale des populations vulnérables : une approche misant sur le développement du pouvoir d'agir

 

Rob Whitley

Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas

 

Domaine : Neurosciences, santé mentale et toxicomanies

Programme Chercheurs-boursiers - Junior 2

Concours 2016-2017

People with severe mental illnesses (SMI) such as schizophrenia suffer much stigma and discrimination, even though evidence suggests they can make a good recovery. In the next four years, I plan to examine factors that can diminish stigma and promote recovery in this group.

I am currently leading two projects with this aim (1) I am working with people with SMI to create and distribute videos that dispel stereotypes and show the realities of recovery. These videos will be shown to schools, universities, hospitals, police, employers and the general public. We will measure whether the videos reduce stereotypes and stigma; (2) I am examining how the Canadian media portray mental illness and people with mental illness. In this study, we have recently developed media guidelines with an accompanying website. I have also recently visited many Canadian journalism schools to teach better ways to report mental illness.

I plan to start two new studies in the next four years.

One will be a renewal and expansion of the above described media study to include social media. We will visit newsrooms to further encourage the usage of our newly developed guidelines. We will then examine the impact of the media guidelines and journalism school visits on reporting of mental illness. We will also examine the media consumption habits of people with SMI, developing programs to help them navigate social media to best enhance recovery.

In the other study, I will work closely with current drop-in centres for people with mental illness to refocus their activities on services that are oriented towards recovery and social integration. This will involve starting new activities such as employment workshops, vocationally-driven educational classes and physical health classes. We will then evaluate the process of transition as well as the impact on recovery.