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The social invisibility of mental health: understanding social exclusion through place & space

Chrysikou, E; Savvopoulou, E; Kostopoulou, E; Mukadam, N; Tsimopoulou, I; Pickering, S; Fatah gen. Schieck, A; (2019) The social invisibility of mental health: understanding social exclusion through place & space. Presented at: QHRN Conference 'Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World’, Radisson Blu, Portman Hotel, London. Green open access

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Abstract

Background Mental health is considered the Cinderella of any healthcare system. There is a European target that the 5% of the healthcare service budget goes to mental health and most countries have reached that target. Yet, this might not be enough to cover the inequity between health and mental health provision. Aim ‘The social invisibility of mental health facilities’ is a multi-disciplinary, innovative, research-through-arts project, involving a School of Architecture, a Division of Psychiatry and a School of Art. The aim is to detect if there are elements demonstrating inequality demonstrated from place and space related to the facility provision. Methods It compares healthcare vs mental health facilities of the same catchment area, raising awareness of inequalities between the two and the social exclusion of mentally ill people through a visual, multimedia perspective. It juxtaposes (mental) healthcare facilities in terms of access, condition and status compared to their surroundings. The exhibits were created from both art and architectural schools postgraduate students. The exhibition took place close to Bentham’s auto-icon, the designer of Panopticon custodial facility, demonstrating inverse links between his Panopticon, and the concealment/invisibility that NIMBYism produces towards the mentally ill that resulted in their exclusion, within deprived, under-funded, isolated facilities “in the community”. Conclusions The exhibition with the satellite actions, such as the mapping of the facilities and the picture-rich book demonstrated the under-budgeting of mental health facilities and their stigmatization as expressed by the centrality of locations and the overall projected image of the building exteriors. This outlined the path for integrated, transdisciplinary research in the future involving architecture, arts and psychiatry.

Type: Poster
Title: The social invisibility of mental health: understanding social exclusion through place & space
Event: QHRN Conference 'Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World’
Location: Radisson Blu, Portman Hotel, London
Dates: 21 March 2019 - 22 March 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/qualitative-health-research-...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: stigma, mental health, healthcare facilities, architecture, spatial characteristics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry > Mental Health of Older People
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt > Bartlett Real Estate Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071249
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