2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

A Snapshot of Mental Wellness

Elizabeth M. Barreca
Dr. Janice Clark and Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst, Faculty Mentors

Photovoice offers a shared opportunity to increase the understanding of important population issues. "A Snapshot of Mental Wellness" was a three-part Photovoice project researching student perceptions on mental wellness. The project received campus MOPIP and SHSE grant funding. In the first part of this research project, 23 volunteer participants were asked to show what mental wellness meant to them by submitting a maximum of five photos with captions describing how each photo personally demonstrated mental wellness. In the second part, respondents were interviewed about their submissions and themes of positive coping, the influence of nature, and healthy support systems were identified. In the third part, 20 Photovoice submissions were displayed on campus in a gallery-type setting to encourage open dialogue among viewers. Along with other campus efforts, this project has promoted candid conversations to increase the understanding of mental health and wellness among students, faculty, and staff.

Keywords: Mental Health, Health Science, Wellness, Photovoice, Interdisciplinary

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 408-1
Location: VH 1212
Time: 2:30

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