Hearing [our] Voices: A Participatory Research Study on Schizophrenia and Homelessness
a documentary film by Tom Everrett, produced by Barbara Schneider, and featuring members of the research team:
HOW TO USE THE DVD: The documentary has been recorded and reproduced to provide information about the perspectives and concerns surrounding housing instability among people with schizophrenia. This DVD is suitable for classroom use, conference presentations, and small discussion groups. Many of the issues raised here are complex.
The following discussion questions have been developed to guide your group in discussing the concerns and perspectives raised here. Using this discussion guide, you can explore the issues raised in the video and discuss the recommendations (found at the end of this document) that have been produced to address these issues.
It is suggested that you view the documentary (approx 30 minutes) and then hand out the one-page sheet outlining the recommendations before beginning your discussion.
What do you see as the main themes/concerns that people with schizophrenia raise about housing issues?
Topics to explore:
- Issues of care and control
- What defines ‘suitability’ for housing solutions?
- What leads to instability in housing?
- Feeling powerless or voiceless
- Housing solutions that are inflexible and have unworkable conditions
How do you see the balance between care and control working? Is there too much control associated with care? How could control be reduced?
What, if any, of the recommendations do you support? (see one-page document “Recommendations”)? How could you play a role in supporting them?
What barriers do you see to implementing the recommendations?
How will the perspectives you’ve heard change how you approach your work (as a social worker, medical practitioner, mental health professional)?