Essay – Understanding Lived mental health Experience (3,500 words) Beverley Callard personal experience of her chronic depression This essay is concerned with your developing awareness and understanding of a person’s lived experience of mental health problems(Beverley Callard) . This can relate to either service-users or carer – please choose one of these only. . Select a media product where a personal account of experiencing mental health problems is being portrayed. This can include media types such as: – Television documentary – Newspaper / magazine article – Internet blog/discussion forum – Autobiography – Radio programme (please note – the product selected should be detailed enough to provide you with sufficient themes to write about – something that a number of magazine articles for example may not do). The product needs to be a factual account and not the work of fiction. a) With the support of related literature, illustrate and discuss the nature of the personal experience being recounted. – From your product identify a small number of core themes (essentially what a person is saying about their experience of mental health). The number chosen should enable depth of discussion. – The resulting discussion will provide examples from your product i.e. quotes which can then be reflected against published literature and other first-person accounts – You will need to include a good selection of references (recommended no. approx 25-30) taken from a range of source types (avoid overuse of web sites). b) Implications for practice – discuss the learning taken away from this and how it might influence your subsequent approach to practice. Basically this part illustrates how your learning about the personal experience of a mental health issue will impact upon your future work in practice. The weighting in terms of word count could be approximately: Introduction / part a – 3000 words Part b /conclusion – 500 words
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