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Reflections of my experiences with women who have encountered domestic violence

by Ann Mitchell Meeting with a group of women who had encountered physical and sexual abuse from early childhood was rather daunting. This was due to uncertainty as to how they would react to me as a researcher engaging them … Continue reading

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CALRG2020 talk: Taking participatory action research approaches in a time of pandemic

Mark Gaved The covid-19 pandemic has impacted ARCLIGHT – researchers have not been able to work alongside communities in the final months of the project, and our workshop to gather stakeholder feedback, planned for Georgetown, has had to be moved … Continue reading

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Reflections of Enmore Community

Enmore used to be a village in the Demerara-Mahaica region of the Guyana coastal belt but is now described as a town. It is about two square miles (5.1 km2) in size and protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a … Continue reading

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Responding to the global pandemic

As the ARCLIGHT work continues, we have found ourselves in globally extraordinary times with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our participatory action research approach has empowered and enabled change to take place within hard to reach communities, in some … Continue reading

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A five step framework for encouraging community engagement with networking tools

Central to ARCLIGHT is the idea of introducing low-cost, offline networking hubs (our Raspberry Pi computers running the MAZI software) to enable community members to collect, share, and read positive mental health stories. These enable stories to be gathered and … Continue reading

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Evidence Cafe: insights from experts

UPDATE: with the current Covid-19 virus crisis, this workshop has been postponed until further notice. We are considering whether we can run an online version in the future With the project well underway, the ARCLIGHT team is seeking to widen … Continue reading

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Presentation at The Open University

Mark Gaved presented the progress of the ARCLIGHT project at this year’s 40th anniversary CALRG conference at The Open University (‘Computers And Learning Research Group), 17th June 2019. Mark described the background context – challenges in supporting mental health in … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mental Health in Guyana

Reflections from Kerese Collins, ARCLIGHT Project Manager I first became aware of issues around mental health in Guyana around 2012. I had just returned home to Guyana after completing studies in Trinidad, and for reasons that now evade me I … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Guyana visit

Dr Tania Hart, from De Montfort University reflects on her visit to Guyana in May 2019 The World Health Organisation have identified 10 key threats to world health in 2019, one of which is weak primary health care systems (WHO, … Continue reading

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Offline networked learning

ARCLIGHT will be using innovative, low cost technologies to help promote our work, and collect and share stories of positive mental health. We will be using small, portable, battery powered Raspberry Pi computers that can be connected to from people’s … Continue reading

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