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Hearing [our] Voices


Hearing [our] Voices: A Participatory Research Study on Schizophrenia and Homelessness

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Poster Book Available!

Schizophrenia Hearing [our] Voices: Dilemmas of Care & Control Produced by Barbara Schneider, Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Communication & Culture 29 min., DVD, Poster Book, ©2008


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Original art by Laurie Arney

Watch PreviewA documentary film by Tom Everrett, produced by Barbara Schneider, and featuring members of the research team. This powerful and evocative film allows people directly affected by housing issues to speak about their experiences in their own words. It is based on interviews conducted with nine people who are affected by schizophrenia who took part in a participatory action research project on housing. Research team members describe their experiences, their involvement in a support group for people with schizophrenia, and what it means to them to be involved in the research project. Suitable for classroom use, conference presentations, and small discussion groups.

Many of the issues raised here are complex. A discussion guide is available. Download Discussion Guide

A poster book, Schizophrenia Hearing [our] Voices: Dilemmas of Care & Control, was created by a group of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and beautifully illustrated by Colin McDonald. The main theme is the tension between care and control in relationships with medical and housing service providers. Adobe Flash and PDF versions of the book are available here: http://callhome.ucalgary.ca/comic/index.html

All proceeds from the sale of this program will be used to further research into schizophrenia.

"Spectacular! I am greatly heartened by the contribution they make to the universal soul." Dr. Janice Dickin, Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary.

"An inspiring film that illustrates the importance of inclusion and empowerment in mental health services." Simon Davis, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

"This outstanding video belongs in every resource centre and library that addresses the challenges faced by those who live with a mental illness." Mary Jardine, CEO, Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

Project Web Site: http://callhome.ucalgary.ca/

The research team:

  • Jamal Ali
  • Laurie Arney
  • George Benson
  • Cindy Calderbank
  • Claude Mathieu
  • Mary Mitchell
  • Michele Misurelli
  • Barbara Schneider
  • Dale Silbernagel
  • Mark Sunderland

About the Filmographer:

Tom Everrett has an honours degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, and is currently in his second year of the Master's program in Communications Studies at the University of Calgary.

Tom has been involved in the production and direction of various short films, documentaries, and other independent productions in and around the Toronto and Calgary areas. His career in video production and media studies began at the age of fifteen when he won first prize in a provincial marketing contest after submitting several commercials he had shot recreationally as a high school student in small-town Ontario.

His short documentary profiling the academic work of the Alberta SuperNet Research Alliance was screened at the province-wide Alberta SuperNet Opportunities Conference in June 2006 (now being streamed regularly on the SuperNet website).

His most recent work is a half hour documentary, Hearing [our] Voices: A Participatory Research Study on Schizophrenia and Homelessness. As he commences his PhD in fall 2008, Tom hopes to continue using the medium of video to help bring public awareness to academic issues that would otherwise see little exposure or acknowledgement outside of the university environment.


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