Jordan G. is a graduate student studying medical anthropology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with The Hive, a public mental health service group in Brattleboro, Vermont.
I volunteered with the Hive Mutual Support Network because of its close fit with my anthropological focus – grassroots alternatives to the mental health system. And while I’ve shared how my own experiences with psychiatry connect to this work in previous posts, my final week here saw the personal, political and academic (e)merge more clearly. For the Hive’s August potluck, I presented and facilitated a discussion on Survivor-Controlled Research, a form of participatory research done by those who’ve experienced mental health services. Through this, and the rest of the summer’s work, research has begun to take on a meaning for me which feels critical to flesh out in this last post. Looking out the window of the Hive space. [...]