These images are a part of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR grant No. 299123) funded study “Moving from Custodial to Autonomous Housing: The Lived Experience of Residents and their Recovery from Serious Mental Illness”, exploring how moving from structured housing to supported housing affects personal recovery and community connections for individuals living with serious mental illness in 4 Canadian cities, across 3 provinces.
We used photo-elicitation, where respondents determine what they will photograph on a particular topic, and their photographs serve as the basis of a qualitative, in-depth interview. Our overall aim was to illustrate how visual methods can be used to reveal how mental health recovery is ‘emplaced’ (materially and symbolically situated in time and space), and how places factor into the ‘everyday work of recovery’.
These photographs represent 5 themes: (1) the characteristics distinguishing “home” from housing; (2) the importance of amenities offered by supported housing; (3) the connections between accessibility, mobility, and wellbeing; (4) the role of certain places in facilitating aspects of recovery such as offering hope or facilitating social connectedness; and (5) the concrete and metaphorical impact of changing vantage points on identity (re)construction.
From Housing to Home
From Basics to Bonuses
From Here to There, and Everywhere