Wednesday, 17th January 2018
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See Change will hold a regional launch of ‘Look Beyond’, a photovoice research exhibition, on 17th January 2018 at 6pm in Shine Discovery, 1 Barronstrand Street. ‘Look Beyond’ is an exhibition of photos taken by a group of 16 people who have experienced what it is like to live with mental health difficulties. The exhibition will be on display from 17th January to 8th February 2018.

‘Look Beyond’ was organised by See Change, the National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership, and is an output of a research project conducted by Dr Maria Quinlan and Dr Etáin Quigley from UCD and Maynooth University. Photovoice is a research and advocacy methodology which uses photography as a way of giving voice to people who often feel unheard and unseen in society. It has been used internationally to both explore and raise awareness of the stigma associated with experiencing mental health problems.

Speaking about the exhibition, See Change Project Manager Celine Moran said, "We’re delighted to bring ‘Look Beyond’ to Shine Discovery in Waterford. ‘Look Beyond’ is the work of 16 people sharing their experiences of mental health difficulties with us through the lens. See Change’s main aim is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues in Ireland. With this in mind, it is paramount our work is informed by people who have personal experiences of mental health problems as they are the people who are best placed to give insight into mental health related issues."

Dr. Maria Quinlan, added, "the objective of this project is to let people with mental health difficulties speak for themselves, and by doing so, help others to gain insight into what living with mental health difficulties feels like, and how relief, recovery and resilience can be found and nurtured".

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