Looking after your pearls: the dilemmas of mental health self‐disclosure in higher education teaching
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 9 December 2011
There are several tensions in the disclosure of personal experience of mental health problems. The issue of “otherness” is particularly pertinent when exploring mental health. This paper seeks to draw upon workshop discussion around the theme of educators disclosing personal experience of mental health problems.
This paper is based around a critically reflective self‐selecting conference workshop for mental health educators, practitioners and others.
There are risks and benefits to personal disclosure of lived experience of mental health problems. It was found that three areas emerged when considering the dilemmas of self‐disclosure: personal impact, wider ethical issues and student learning.
The paper provides information on how educators can maximise the benefits and minimise the hazards associated within these areas as a means to develop good practice guidance and when and how to disclose personal experience.
The paper finds its value in the inclusion of recognised lived experience of mental health problems amongst educators and the tensions apparent with disclosure about such experiences.
Gough, M. (2011), "Looking after your pearls: the dilemmas of mental health self‐disclosure in higher education teaching", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 203-210. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556221111194545
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