The paper aims to describe intergenerational participation work undertaken at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with young and older people using mental health services where participants learn how to interview, role play, and put radio shows together.
In this case study, younger and older people reflect on age and mental health discrimination through the production of radio programmes.
Radio provided fun and the acquisition of new skills, resulting in a product that could reach a wide audience. Intergenerational work gave participants an opportunity to challenge stereotypes and gain confidence, with positive effects on personal recovery and social inclusion.
The radio programme invites listeners to challenge their own prejudices in relation to age and mental health.
The project is innovative in its intergenerational approach, its partnership between the NHS and an outside media facilitator, and the collaboration between participation workers across health departments.
Ball, A. and Cummerson, R. (2011), "More than words – intergenerational participation and mental health", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 175-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/20428301111186813Download as .RIS
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