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Personal Narratives of Mental Illness: From Hostage to Survivor

White, Luciana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0004-6205-7616 and Staniford, Leanne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4621-8454 (2023) Personal Narratives of Mental Illness: From Hostage to Survivor. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 44 (4). pp. 270-281.

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This study has delved into personal narratives extracted from online blogs to build a systematic view of mental illness trajectory through the portrayal offered by bloggers. One hundred and thirty-three blogs were reviewed and narrative analysis was used to interpret a final sample of 12 blogs. The results offer two main narratives—the hostage and the survivor—which illustrate, within the context of social and self-stigma, the need for an identity reformulation in order to reach recovery. The two narratives also led to the design of a model for mental illness trajectory (MMIT). The breaking down of mental illness trajectory into phases could be advantageous to promoting tailored interventions for specific stages of recovery. The importance of referring to lived experience when trying to understand and develop better treatments for mental illness has been well established. This study contributes to the growing body of research that includes the voice of the person with mental illness offering not only a vivid portrayal of life with mental health issues but also an understanding of the trajectory to recovery.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2023.2186142
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7775

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