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Illuminating the invisible voices in mental health policymaking
Journal of Medicine and the Person (2014)
  • Ardis Hanson, University of South Florida
Abstract
In public mental health policymaking, the inclusion of numerous stakeholders across lay and professional communities is expected. How the voices of these stakeholders meld to create a single unifying accounting of their actions and recommendations for policy is often unexpected. Unexpected in that, while all voices are important and participation often mandated, what is incorporated into the formal accounting of the policymaking process often does not reflect the elements of services that work most successfully for persons with mental illnesses and their family members. In this paper, I show how existing agendae of members of public policy task forces recontextualize the stories of persons with mental illnesses and their family members to reify societal expectations of these stories. I offer suggestions on how these stories should be incorporated into task force reports to further the development of appropriate policy and services that meet the needs and expectations of persons with mental illnesses and their family members. citation: Hanson, A. (2014). Illuminating the invisible voices in mental health policymaking. Journal of Medicine and the Person, 12(4), 13-18. doi:10.1007/s12682-014-0170-9
Keywords
  • Language and Social Interaction,
  • Discourse analysis,
  • Mental health policymaking
Publication Date
March 31, 2014
Citation Information
Hanson, A. (2014). Illuminating the invisible voices in mental health policymaking. Journal of Medicine and the Person, 12(4), 13-18. doi:10.1007/s12682-014-0170-9