‘Illuminating Journeys’: Using Creativity for Change in Mental Health Treatment


From Health Justice: “The Illuminating Journeys project supported people with lived experience of involuntary mental health treatment in British Columbia (BC) to inform mental health public policy by sharing their lived experience expertise in creative and accessible ways. With this project, Health Justice hoped to make space for people to have their voice heard in shaping public policy that impacts their lives by offering an opportunity for people to engage with their stories and share their experience through the creation of art. While making their art we asked them to reflect on their experience and what changes they would like to see to mental health law in BC. The art that was developed in support of policy change based on their experiences shows this in many ways, from showing how they felt when involuntarily detained, to what would have actually helped them, and more.”

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