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“I came, I saw, I conquered”: reflections on participating in a PhotoVoice project

Jennifer Barry (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
Christine Monahan (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
Sharon Ferguson (Wellness Café, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland)
Kelley Lee (Health Service Executive, South East Community Healthcare, Tipperary, Ireland)
Ruth Kelly (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
Mark Monahan (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
Rebecca Murphy (Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland)
Patrick Gibbons (Health Service Executive, Celbridge Adult Mental Health Services, Kildare, Ireland)
Agnes Higgins (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 7 June 2021

Issue publication date: 27 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide first-hand reflective narratives from participants of their involvement in the overall process, with particular reference to the benefits and challenges of engagement.

Design/methodology/approach

Five participants agreed to write a reflective piece of approximately 500 words on their involvement in the PhotoVoice project.

Findings

The reflective narratives in this paper demonstrate the personal and professional benefits of sustained and meaningful engagement, while challenges such as power imbalances, identity management, time and cost commitments are discussed.

Practical implications

PhotoVoice is a methodology that has the potential to democratise knowledge production and dissemination.

Originality/value

There are scant examples in the PhotoVoice literature of the inclusion of participants involvement in dissemination activities. The reflective narratives in this paper demonstrate the personal and professional benefits of sustained and meaningful engagement, while challenges such as power imbalances, identity management, time and cost commitments are discussed.

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Acknowledgements

Funding statement: The project was funded by the Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) award from the Health Research Board Ireland [KEDS-2018–014].Ethics approval statement: Ethical approval was granted by the university’s Research Ethics Committee.The authors thank all those who participated in the project. They would also like to thank the Health Research Board Ireland who funded the project.Disclosure statement: The authors have no other conflicts of interest to declare.

Citation

Barry, J., Monahan, C., Ferguson, S., Lee, K., Kelly, R., Monahan, M., Murphy, R., Gibbons, P. and Higgins, A. (2021), "“I came, I saw, I conquered”: reflections on participating in a PhotoVoice project", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 257-268. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-07-2020-0052

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