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‘Pictures make it easy’ – co-development of a visual tool for mental health recovery in North India using participatory action research

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This study aimed to strengthen knowledge and skills in mental health recovery among people with psycho-social disability (PPSD), caregivers, community leaders, mental health practitioners and policy makers in Uttarakhand state, India through co- production of a visual tool for recovery. The project employed a participatory action research framework, in partnership with experts by experience (EBE).

 

This study illustrates challenges and enablers of involving EBE in knowledge production. It raises questions around conceptualizations of ‘EBE’ in a non-western context. Findings suggest that a contextually relevant global mental health must situate lived experiences at the forefront of knowledge production.

 

About the speaker:

Sumeet Jain is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His research contributes to improvement of mental health outcomes by drawing on inter-disciplinary knowledge and mixed methods. His work unpacks the notion of a 'global' mental health and attempts to inform development of services that account for local experiences and understandings of psychological distress. 

 

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