Fun and Mental Health - ICMHSR Seminar

Monday 8 September 2014, 1.00PM to 2pm

Speaker(s): Lisa Peschel, Department of Theatre, Film and Television and Sam Simpson, Department of Computer Science

ALL WELCOME

Please join us to discuss two projects which aim to use gaming or humour to engage with mental health issues. These projects are in their early stages and the aim of the seminar is to obtain inter-disciplinary perspectives which can inform their development.

Humour and stress in the caring professions:  a practical application

Lisa Peschel, Department of Theatre, Film and Television

Research on humour suggests a wide range of possible stress-reducing effects.  In the spring of 2015 Lisa Peschel from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television will conduct a practical workshop with social work students who are currently engaged in potentially stressful work placements. In the workshop, small groups of the students will create and perform humorous narratives based on their experiences. Will the social creation and sharing of such narratives actually relieve stress in ways that they could carry over into their social work practice?

Can a computer game be used to improve mental health through delivering dialectical behaviour therapy? 

Sam Simpson, Department of Computer Science

Video games are becoming widely used in areas like education, health and social awareness helping players to solve problems and acquire knowledge whilst playing a game. This talk looks at the question of using a video game to deliver therapy in the area of mental health and examines why this is a good area to do research.

Location: Alcuin C Block, Room 209

Email: rachel.mcallister@york.ac.uk

Telephone: 01904 321981