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Using lived experience to develop a personal narrative workshop programme in order to aid mental health recovery

Using lived experience to develop a personal narrative workshop programme in order to aid mental health recovery
Using lived experience to develop a personal narrative workshop programme in order to aid mental health recovery
Background: According to Slade’s Personal Recovery Framework, mental health recovery involves developing a positive identity, reframing experiences, developing self-management and valued social roles.

Aim: This study explored how developing a personal narrative can support mental health recovery through reframing and developing a more positive identity. This paper provides an overview of the study’s three phases and the resultant Personal Narrative Workshop Programme.

Method: Phase 1 involved developing and analysing my own recovery narrative using autoethnography. Phase 2 used Participatory Action Research (PAR) to explore the experience of other service users, with co-researchers recruited to two focus groups. Six co-researchers continued into Phase 3 (three cycles of PAR) to develop the workshop programme.

Results: An eight-session workshop programme was co-produced and fully documented.

Conclusions: Developing a narrative is not benign: it can involve reliving trauma; and dealing with the ‘voice of others’ in our narratives can be difficult. As a result, the workshop programme aimed to provide a supportive environment, promoting collaboration and validation. Methodological issues resulted from the complexities of using a PAR approach, and on the multiplicity of roles for the researcher.
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Robertson, Samantha, Carpenter, Diane, Donovan-hall, Maggie and Bartlett, Ruth (2019) Using lived experience to develop a personal narrative workshop programme in order to aid mental health recovery. Journal of Mental Health, 1-9. (doi:10.1080/09638237.2019.1677877).

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Abstract

Background: According to Slade’s Personal Recovery Framework, mental health recovery involves developing a positive identity, reframing experiences, developing self-management and valued social roles.

Aim: This study explored how developing a personal narrative can support mental health recovery through reframing and developing a more positive identity. This paper provides an overview of the study’s three phases and the resultant Personal Narrative Workshop Programme.

Method: Phase 1 involved developing and analysing my own recovery narrative using autoethnography. Phase 2 used Participatory Action Research (PAR) to explore the experience of other service users, with co-researchers recruited to two focus groups. Six co-researchers continued into Phase 3 (three cycles of PAR) to develop the workshop programme.

Results: An eight-session workshop programme was co-produced and fully documented.

Conclusions: Developing a narrative is not benign: it can involve reliving trauma; and dealing with the ‘voice of others’ in our narratives can be difficult. As a result, the workshop programme aimed to provide a supportive environment, promoting collaboration and validation. Methodological issues resulted from the complexities of using a PAR approach, and on the multiplicity of roles for the researcher.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 September 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 October 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 435747
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435747
ISSN: 0963-8237
PURE UUID: fa592cc1-eed6-40ba-8e3f-fcb6ebb65da0
ORCID for Ruth Bartlett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3412-2300

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Date deposited: 19 Nov 2019 17:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 07:14

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Author: Samantha Robertson
Author: Diane Carpenter
Author: Ruth Bartlett ORCID iD

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