IS THIS PROJECT RIGHT FOR YOU?
We're seeking participants who meet the following eligibility criteria:
Able to read, write, and converse fluently in English
Between the ages of 18 and 24
Received paediatric mental health care within the province of Ontario prior to reaching the age of majority
Experienced mental health challenges since turning 18 that necessitated professional psychiatric support, but which may or may not have been acquired
Access to a digital camera, smart phone, or other portable electronic device with photographic capabilities
Agree to the audio-recording of focus group dialogue
WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION ENTAIL?
It is expected that participants will be involved in this project for one month. During this time they will take part in three weekly 90-minute focus group sessions, and one optional 30-minute exit interview. All focus group sessions will take place in a private meeting room within a centrally-located community space in downtown London that is easily accessible via public transit.
Participants will receive a quick reference guide highlighting what they can expect from focus groups, as well as some photography tips, and wellness activities to support their ongoing involvement in the study. At the first session, participants will engage in some simple icebreaker activities, and establish a set of shared group expectations and community norms for the duration of the project. At this time, participants will also be asked to complete a brief anonymous demographic survey.
Using a personal digital camera, smart phone, or other electronic device with photographic capabilities, participants will be asked to take photographs that reflect a particular topic related to their mental health care experiences during the transitional period. Focus groups will involve individual reflection and collaborative discussions about these photographs, as well as sorting, titling, and captioning activities that will aid in the discovery of overarching themes and patterns.
After the completion of focus group sessions, participants will be invited to attend an optional 30-minute exit interview, should they wish to share any insights or perspectives outside of the peer group environment. Such conversations may contribute to a richer understanding of each participant’s unique mental health care journey. At that time, participants will also have the opportunity to review their own photographs, and provide additional clarification about their thought processes and artistic decisions.
Finally, participants will be asked to complete an optional program evaluation questionnaire to provide anonymous feedback about their involvement in the study. Anyone interested and willing to take part in related post-study data analysis and/or knowledge dissemination activities are invited to remain involved beyond the one-month mark.
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
2:00 PM — 3:30 PM
** Focus group dates will be scheduled based upon participants’ availability **
London Public Library — Central Branch
251 Dundas Street
London, Ontario N6A 6H9
Western University — FIMS & Nursing Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 5B9
CAPTURE THE TRUTH, CREATE A SOCIAL IMPACT & COLLABORATE WITH CHANGE-MAKERS
The participatory, collaborative, and action-oriented study design of the PhotoSTREAM Project is intended to promote a sense of empowerment, and opportunities for meaningful social interaction among participants. Information gathered will build upon existing research on this topic, which may ultimately contribute to broader societal outcomes, including the integration of transitional-aged youth perspectives into mental health policies and clinical practices.