Happiness Observation: Mental health support activity
“Exploring your world by observing happiness around you”
This activity and toolkit are designed to use as a beginning of a self-recovery journey and as a template in mental health support groups. The concept structure of this activity is based on a design tool called stakeholder map integrated with CHIME recovery model.
Insights: lack of motivation for self-recovery is one of the main barriers among some people having mental health issues. Voluntary organisation as a secondary support plays a significant role to support them during self-management. The current support focuses on “what is wrong with their emotion, what they are struggling, how it affects day to day activities and how to address causes of negative emotion”. However, for some people who have a lack of motivation for self-recovery, sometimes, it can make the thing worst because of only looking at deeper negative causes and bad things.
Objectives: Thus, the objectives of the activity are to focus on a bright side in the mental health support by looking at what resources people have, what people can do rather than putting order to do things. The activity will allow people to reflect and explore their aspect of positivity instead of negativity to get motivation and inspiration from each other with a more constructive way. Finally, for a pinnacle value, they might be able to look back on the unique aspect of them from small steps to bigger steps to gain the motivation and positive drive for self-recovery through creative storytelling activity.
Brief Scenario: Participants will reflect their positivity into five areas of happiness observation, from the core of oneself, namely E: empowerment and I: identity, and move wider to C: connectedness, H: hope and M: meaning, by picking up the conversational cards to explore particular keywords, or even open-ended questions; who, what, where, when (with or without facilitator, depending on conditions of attendees)