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Your story, your mental health:
The roles of narrative in wellbeing, resilience, and identity




                                                                Brendan Stone
                                                                @storyingshef
www.storyingsheffield.com
           @storyingshef
The focus of Storying
Sheffield is learning about,
and then producing,
representations and stories
about everyday life, and
lives, in Sheffield, with an
emphasis on identity, place,
and history.
• Older people
• People with dementia
• School children
• People with disabilities and/or mental
health problems
• New migrants to the UK
• Patients in secure hospitals
• Neighbourhood/ community storytelling
• NHS Trusts
• Everyday life
• Knowledge
• Small things
• Connections
• Collaboration
• Ways of telling
Brendan Stone
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
Ross David Burke, The Truth Effect, published as When the Music’s
                  Over: My Journey into Schizophrenia, pp. 217-8
Galloway, The Trick …, pp. 174-5
To know "who" a person is it will be
necessary to have some appreciation
of the story in which the person
understands him- or herself to be a
protagonist.
 Juan Galis-Menendez, ‘Paul Ricoeur on Narrative and
                                   Personal Identity’
“I am stressing the expression ‘narrative identity’
for what we call subjectivity is neither an
incoherent series of events nor an immutable
substantiality, impervious to evolution.”
“The fragile offshoot issuing from the union of
history and fiction is the assignment to an
individual or a community of a specific identity
that we can call their narrative identity.”
“The subject then appears both as a reader and
the writer of its own life... As the literary analysis
of autobiography confirms, the story of a life
continues to be refigured by all the truthful or
fictive stories a subject tells about himself or
herself. This refiguration makes this life itself a
cloth woven of stories told.”
stories




Caroline Pearce, 'World Interrupted: An
Autoethnographic Exploration into the Rupture of Self
and Family Narratives Following the Onset of Chronic
Illness and the Death of a Mother,' Qualitative Sociology
Review, Volume IV, Issue 1 – April 2008
“The exercise of power creates and causes to emerge new objects
of knowledge and accumulates new bodies of information […] The
exercise of power perpetually creates knowledge and, conversely,
knowledge constantly induces effects of power.”
          Michel Foucault, Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972-1977
Stories of



             Lack
             Deficit
             Dysfunction
             One-dimension
“Our narratives of ourselves are always incomplete, because our existence is
psychologically, linguistically, discursively, physically, bound to and constructed by the
other/Other. Indeed this understanding is key to what it is to be human and to live an
ethical existence. Literary poetic speech is defined in part by its openness to multiple
interpretations and its resistance to closure. As such it leaves room for the experience of
alterity to haunt its margins.”
• Everyday life
• Knowledge
• Small things
• Connections
• Collaboration
• Ways of telling
Your story, your mental health:  The roles of narrative in wellbeing, resilience, and identity

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Your story, your mental health: The roles of narrative in wellbeing, resilience, and identity

  • 1. Your story, your mental health: The roles of narrative in wellbeing, resilience, and identity Brendan Stone @storyingshef
  • 3. The focus of Storying Sheffield is learning about, and then producing, representations and stories about everyday life, and lives, in Sheffield, with an emphasis on identity, place, and history.
  • 4. • Older people • People with dementia • School children • People with disabilities and/or mental health problems • New migrants to the UK • Patients in secure hospitals • Neighbourhood/ community storytelling • NHS Trusts
  • 5. • Everyday life • Knowledge • Small things • Connections • Collaboration • Ways of telling
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8.
  • 10.
  • 11.
  • 12.
  • 13.
  • 14.
  • 15.
  • 16. Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
  • 17. Ross David Burke, The Truth Effect, published as When the Music’s Over: My Journey into Schizophrenia, pp. 217-8
  • 18. Galloway, The Trick …, pp. 174-5
  • 19.
  • 20. To know "who" a person is it will be necessary to have some appreciation of the story in which the person understands him- or herself to be a protagonist. Juan Galis-Menendez, ‘Paul Ricoeur on Narrative and Personal Identity’
  • 21. “I am stressing the expression ‘narrative identity’ for what we call subjectivity is neither an incoherent series of events nor an immutable substantiality, impervious to evolution.”
  • 22. “The fragile offshoot issuing from the union of history and fiction is the assignment to an individual or a community of a specific identity that we can call their narrative identity.”
  • 23. “The subject then appears both as a reader and the writer of its own life... As the literary analysis of autobiography confirms, the story of a life continues to be refigured by all the truthful or fictive stories a subject tells about himself or herself. This refiguration makes this life itself a cloth woven of stories told.”
  • 24. stories Caroline Pearce, 'World Interrupted: An Autoethnographic Exploration into the Rupture of Self and Family Narratives Following the Onset of Chronic Illness and the Death of a Mother,' Qualitative Sociology Review, Volume IV, Issue 1 – April 2008
  • 25.
  • 26. “The exercise of power creates and causes to emerge new objects of knowledge and accumulates new bodies of information […] The exercise of power perpetually creates knowledge and, conversely, knowledge constantly induces effects of power.” Michel Foucault, Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972-1977
  • 27.
  • 28. Stories of Lack Deficit Dysfunction One-dimension
  • 29. “Our narratives of ourselves are always incomplete, because our existence is psychologically, linguistically, discursively, physically, bound to and constructed by the other/Other. Indeed this understanding is key to what it is to be human and to live an ethical existence. Literary poetic speech is defined in part by its openness to multiple interpretations and its resistance to closure. As such it leaves room for the experience of alterity to haunt its margins.”
  • 30.
  • 31. • Everyday life • Knowledge • Small things • Connections • Collaboration • Ways of telling