Connecting local responses around the world
I thought people might like to know about a project I am involved in. It is called Portraits in Blue. The project was initiated by a group of people in Queensland Australia who suffer from depression. They wanted to inform people what it was like as they believed it had a stigma and was not properly represented and there fore services were not designed appropriately. They approached myself and several others who had varying expertise in mental health and narrative research and asked for our help. So Portraits in Blue was born. It is essentially a narrative research project which collects the experiences of people with depression, their family and friends and the people who work with people with depression. It is consumer driven and a highly empowering process for those involved. Those of us who are supporting the project are doing so pro bono and there is no funding from drug companies or other services so it remains truly independent and the voice of the people. We have a website www.portraitsinblue.com and a Facebook page called Portraits in Blue. We are very happy for people to visit these and find out about the project, Like the Facebook page and even contribute some narrative via the website. In this way we can get diverse voices telling of their experience and connecting up.
Later I will tell you how it is going and I will post a video we have made from our pilot stories.