S65: Living Well; introducing an innovative recovery-oriented program using photovoice.

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Authors: Nastaran Doroud, Ellie Fossey, Tracy Fortune, Lisa Brophy, Louise Mountford

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Living Well; introducing an innovative recovery-oriented program using photovoice.

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers


Dr Nastaran Doroud is a lecturer and early career researcher in Occupational Therapy within La Trobe Rural Health School. Nastaran’s research focuses on recovery and community participation for people with mental health issues. Nastaran is interested in innovative and participatory research approaches and co-production in mental health care.

The emergence of the recovery paradigm proposed a new era to mental health care. It urged development of recovery-oriented programs to encourage hope, resilience, choice, empowerment and partnership (Le Boutillier et al., 2011). This presentation introduces an innovative recovery-oriented program (Living Well) that is being developed as part of a participatory research project based on Freire’s critical consciousness theory, occupational therapy models and photovoice method (Doroud, 2018). Co-produced in collaboration with a co-facilitator with lived-experience of mental health issues at Mind Australia’s Recovery College, Living Well aims to enable consumers to reflect on their recovery journey in the contexts of their everyday lives and develop strategies to enhance living well.

Living Well has five key phases: 1) identifying consumers’ values, interests, capabilities and resources; 2) identifying consumers’ perspectives on their recovery journey; 3) reflecting on current activities and everyday life patterns that support recovery. Phase 3 encourages consumers to reflect on how their everyday lives helps them develop a sense of hope, meaning, positive identity, choice and empowerment; and connection with other people; 4) developing resilience and strategies; and 5) structured reflection. This presentation suggests that Living Well has potential for recovery-oriented practice and merits further development and evaluation.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The audience will gain knowledge about the application of photovoice in practice.
Learning Objective 2: The audience will identify how fostering choice, empowerment and partnership contributes to collaborative recovery-oriented mental health services.

References Doroud, N. (2018). Constructing recovery through occupational engagement: a participatory photovoice study with people experiencing mental health issues. Thesis - La Trobe University.
Le Boutillier, C., Leamy, M., Bird, V. J., Davidson, L., Williams, J., & Slade, M. (2011). What does recovery mean in practice? A qualitative analysis of international recovery-oriented practice guidance. Psychiatric Services, 62(12), 1470-1476.

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