Wiping out Stigma in Mental Health

The transformation of depreciative, disparaging views of people associated with mental ill-health into those of admiration, regard, respect and esteem, brought about by bringing on the innate strengths associated with engaging and inculcating the creative imagination by developing the skills needed to master the modern medium of photography and facilitate progress in the practice and mastery of those skills which will be a credit to the protagonist and best display his/her talents in a favourable light and displace the negative connotations of his diagnosis with the up-beat prospects of a talented artist.

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First Name

Rodney

Last Name

Yates

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About Your Organization

Organization Name

MEMPHASIS

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Organization Phone

01159753605

Organization Address

7 Ventura Drive, Bulwell, Nottingham

Organization Country

United Kingdom, NGM

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, NGM

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Not registered

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation

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Entry Form title

Wiping out Stigma in Mental Health

What change do you want to bring to the world?

The transformation of depreciative, disparaging views of people associated with mental ill-health into those of admiration, regard, respect and esteem, brought about by bringing on the innate strengths associated with engaging and inculcating the creative imagination by developing the skills needed to master the modern medium of photography and facilitate progress in the practice and mastery of those skills which will be a credit to the protagonist and best display his/her talents in a favourable light and displace the negative connotations of his diagnosis with the up-beat prospects of a talented artist.

What are the primary activities of your project?

Access and training in the use of digital cameras, digital imaging techniques with training in the use of personal computers, access and opportunities to practise new-found skills and gain versatility and expertise in the approach and handling of themes and subjects of photography with options to specialise in chosen spheres of activity and develop special thematic interests so that the process can be taken from taking the pictures right through to the completed photograph and the inclusion of images in modern media formats for distribution

What is innovative about your initiative? How is it a new contribution to the field?

Sensory deprivation and lack of creative opportunity has too often meant that such break-throughs as this have never been properly resourced or have been limited through lack of investment to 'tasters', without any follow-up to encourage specialisation and the acquisition of the skills needed. In tackling stigma, this idea hands the initiative back to the people for whom the issues are most cogent, based on lived experience as victims of stigma and discrimination, who can most appropriately reap the rewards of a 'sea-change' in public perceptions of a marginalised section of our societies - as a measure in the success of such a campaign.

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

People with continuing mental health needs are isolated, detached, on the margins and frequently pass unnoticed, or if noticed, resented, even feared for their lack of engagement and the secrecy surrounding their experiences of mental ill-health which is perceived as odd, not like us - not 'normal', 'bizarre', or to be treated with suspicion. This could easily translated into an endearing aura as it becomes known that there are special gifts and attainments associated with their condition, which is why it is important for these people to shine and be a success in their chosen enterprise, earning the respect of their communities from the detached fringes, as photographers.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Biographical notes
An uneventful boy-hood and some Academic achievements saw me through tertiary education, which I completed in 1972. The occurrence of diagnosable symptoms appeared in what came to be my final year, but my course work merited the award of a BA Honours in Combined Humanities (aegrotat)
I was 21 years old.

The slur cast by the nature of my diagnosis ensured that there were no opportunities to sit for any professional qualifications, so my vocation of Librarian remained on hold to this day. Five years passed without Library employment in any capacity, five years punctuated with a break-down, four months’ hospitalisation and continuing treatment for schizophrenia, until Employment resettlement pointed me in the direction of a Library Supplier sweat-shop in Nottingham, where I remained full-time for fifteen years. At no stage did the financial rewards for this engagement creep up above my entitlements as a disabled person!

I have never considered myself to be a drudge, so after being harassed and pushed about by ‘thatcherite insurgents’ in the 1990s, I agreed with the firm’s doctor that I had had a ‘run for my money’ and it was time to abandon ship.

My Liberation was palpable and it is something I can never regret. Creativity had returned after a dormancy of some 21 years. I returned to writing and belatedly, to an interest I had shared with my Father in my teen-age years, Photography.

Having seen the discrimination and implemented a personal solution that resolves my needs to be meaningfully occupied I seek to leave a good legacy.

Social Impact

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Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

This is in its Pilot stage. It works on a personal level and aptly fulfils the profile of detached people on the margins seeking an acceptable level of engagement that does not jeopardise their tenuous hold on their own well-being and is within their capabilities to practice with minimal impact on exposing their lack of social skills or other vulnerabilities characteristic of people detained and removed to psychiatric hospitals for periods of time that have in many caused their social displacement. By way of staged restitution for this loss of status, this would seem to be a suitable means of achieving this without fear or danger of relapse.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

101- 1,000

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

With persuasive arguments in the right places, this could be widely adopted in preference to much more expensive and wasteful extravagnaces that achieve little. Exponential growth quite feasible.

Task 1

Set up a digital imaging course in a sheltered location

Task 2

Engage the client group with an interest in acquiring skills

Task 3

Hire a skilled tutor

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

To have put thirty people through the process which includes field-work and personal projects towards their own portfolios as independent practisers

Task 1

Acquire mobility for the clients

Task 2

Research, discuss and visit appropriate sites to pursue photography

Task 3

Hone the skills and discuss specialisms for particular photographers

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Missionary work documenting the experiences - strengths and pit-falls in implementing the project and disseminating to interested parties on a wider network with a view to replication and proliferation of ideas and practices

Sustainability

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What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Evident financial barriers could loom large if fund-raising falls short, or if the transformation in how people are viewed takes an unexpected or unpredictable down-turn for adverse reasons, or unforseen hazards

Tell us about your partnerships

City Arts is an excellent host organization suited to holding imaging courses, accessed by a number of potential clients, with accessibility to Staff at Castle College, another beneficial associate in providing the necessary training facilities and opportunities

Current annual budget of project, in US dollars

Less than $1,000

Explain your selections

Grant from Disability Lib, an arm of Disability Direct, who sponsored the initial setting up with the use of National Lottery money allocated for their use.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

The project is on hold pending further financing and a move to more secure premises for City Arts

Challenges

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Which barriers to health and well-being does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Restrictive cultural norms

SECONDARY

Lack of physical access to care/lack of facilities

TERTIARY

Other (Specify Below)

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Assisting in modifying the cultural norms that impede the recovery and restitution of mentally ill patients, impeded to the extent that many remain in continuing care for most of their life-times.

Resourcing a specialty that specifically targets capacity building for the clients can help to limit the damage of both the above barriers and greatly assists in bringing about a restitution towards a self-reliance which obviates the need for continuing care in some cases.

How are you growing the impact of your organization or initiative?
Please select up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

SECONDARY

Leveraged technology

TERTIARY

Grown geographic reach: Within host country

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

All Planned

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Greatly assisted in providing training opportunities to enable people to progress

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151 weeks ago Rodney Yates said: http://www.changemakers.com/node/51611 Join the discussion! about this Competition Entry. - read more >
153 weeks ago Rodney Yates said: Hi Neil Many thanks for your kind words! The fight goes on and I am hoping City Arts will be a beneficiary, like with the pilot ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
153 weeks ago Neil Worthington said: Hi Rodney I really admire your campaign, ideas as you strive to make peoples' live's who are affected by mental health not be given the ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
168 weeks ago Rodney Yates updated this Competition Entry.
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