Civic activism as a mental health intervention
Amanda Taylor-Beswick (SSESW) is part of a new co-researcher team that has secured a joint Research Council (MRC/AHRC/ESRC) Engagement Award for a project titled ‘Nothing about us without us: civic activism as a mental health intervention’. Amanda will work with the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (University of Brighton) and people from different generations, professions and backgrounds, including young people, adult community researchers, academics and mental health professionals. They will co-create knowledge on the role of innovative ‘glocal’ civic activism as a mechanism to strengthen young people’s mental health. Creating belonging through civic activism could help develop positive identities and research shows that a strong and positive identity offers direction in life.
The ‘Nothing about us without us’ mental health intervention research will build on work already underway in Blackpool that has been shown to support young people’s mental health. It is based on an approach to resilience called Boingboing Resilience that helps build resilience and challenge the inequalities that increase risks in the first place. Amanda, a former psychiatric social worker and adult mental health practitioner who specializes in digitalisation to support social good and human wellbeing, will lead the digital elements of the project, enabling the team to share outcomes with other young people and the professionals supporting them.