'….there is a whole world in just one story.'

Arts-based Research Methods

Youth Engagement

Family Mental Health

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number of children under 12 with a mentally ill parent in Canada

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percentage of parents reported receiving no mental health care

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policies and practices to support family mental health in Canada

About

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If you are a young person who needs support, you can reach out to Kids Help Phone’s professional counsellors by calling 1-800-668-6868 or visiting kidshelpphone.ca. Their service is free, anonymous, confidential, and available...

About the Project

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(Co) Producing Help-Seeking Narratives with Children of Parents with Mental Illnesses Background: Recent estimates suggest that 12.1 % of all Canadian children under 12 have a mentally ill parent and many are exposed to...

Participant Summaries

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 About the Participant Summaries Information about the participants was drawn from the demographic forms and from the field notes of the initial one to one meeting between the researcher and the young person. In...

About Brenda

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Websites Brenda’s profile on the SickKids directory is available here. To view her profile with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, please click here. Biosketch Brenda Gladstone is a health sociologist with a...

The Research Team

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Elaine Stasiulis, MA, Phd(c) As a community based research project manager at the Hospital for Sick Children, Elaine Stasiulis has been involved in an extensive range of qualitative participatory arts-based health research projects including...
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About Community Story Strategies

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Community Story Strategies facilitated digital storytelling with the young people who wanted to talk about how they manage everyday life in the context of having a parent with mental health difficulties. Digital Storytelling is...

Digital Stories

My Life Transition

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  Script Description of the visual image(s) I’m not sure if my mother had mental difficulties before I was born. As a young boy I was too young to comprehend these conflicts. Visual of...

Losing Hope

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Justin’s Script: On a normal day in April I came home from school only to be greeted by this hostile version of my mom swearing and upset and breaking things in the apartment. My...

Parallel

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Kaye’s Script: I was too young to remember my mother, but I remember sitting in the tub crying and somehow knowing she wouldn’t ever come back. The story changed every time I asked: she...

Becoming a Family

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Lee’s Script: As a child I didn’t feel like a part of the family. Beginning at a young age I found ways to avoid them by spending time at my friends’ houses. I frequently...

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Growing Up
Fia’s Script: “I’m crazy too. Nonna, they’re telling me I have Bipolar Disorder. They’re saying I’m too skinny. I’m smoking and I can barely breathe anymore. Was my last relationship abuse my fault too?...

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