Offering rhetorically informed strategic interventions, this innovative collection moves beyond critiques of mental health issues, problems, and care. With sections that focus on methodological, cultural and legal, and pedagogical interventions, readers will find an engaging discussion of a discrete mental health phenomenon as well as a clear interventional takeaway in each chapter.
Contributors make use of critical discourse analyses, ethnographic inquiries, autoethnographic inquiries, case studies, and textual analyses to engage such mental health research topics as postpartum depression among Chinese mothers; insanity pleas; anosognosia; issues of intimacy, access, and embodiment in research projects; community support groups; Black mental health; women in Alcoholics Anonymous; and mental health in faculty workshops and university online health tools. The authors and editors create scholarship on mental health that explicitly builds productive methodological, theoretical, and practical bridges among scholars and teachers in the various specialties of writing and communication.
This collection will interest scholars, students, and practitioners in health and medical humanities; rhetoric of health and medicine; health communication; medical anthropology; scientific and technical communication; disability studies; and rhetorical studies generally.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Interventions in Mental Health Rhetoric Research
Cathryn Molloy & Lisa Melonçon
Part One: Methodological Interventions
1. A theory of collective intimacy
Lisa Melonçon & Lora Arduser
2. Reflections on Research as it Unfolds: Inclusive Tactics as a Methodological Intervention
3. Culture-centered approaches to rhetorical research: Considering domestic violence as a site for intersectional interventions
Lisa DeTora & Tomeka Robinson
Part Two: Legal, Cultural, and Institutional Interventions
4. Facilitating Rhetoric: Paratherapeutic Activity in Community Support Groups
Nora K. Augustine
5. Women of Dignity and Grace: The Politics of Respectability in Alcoholics Anonymous
Lori J. Joseph & Stephanie Kelley-Romano
6. Rhetorical Crocheting: New Chinese Moms Fighting Postpartum Depression in Social Media
7. Rerouting Stigma: Leading with Law in Mental Health Rhetoric Research
Mark A. Hannah & Susie Salmon
8. Destigmatizing Black Mental Health: A Gay Black Woman’s Experience
9. An Autoethnographic Examination of Anosognosia in a Sibling Exhibiting Severe Psychosis:
Reimagining Inclusiveness in MHRR
Part Three: Pedagogical and Co-Curricular Interventions
10. Toward an Empathy-First Approach to Student Mental Health: A Guide for Faculty Development
11. "Do You Feel Like :(": Discursive Interventions in University Mental Health Rhetorics
Leslie R. Anglesey & Adam Hubrig
12. Online University Mental Health Tools: Definitions and Narratives as Interventions
Barbara George & Rachael Blasiman
Lisa Melonçon is Professor of Technical Communication at the University of South Florida. She specializes in rhetoric of health and medicine and disability studies.
Cathryn Molloy is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.