Go Nuts! Unit
- Appreciate the diversity of perspectives within the mad community
- Value a radical service user perspective which celebrates mental diversity, simple pleasures, and alternative treatment modalities
This component is a short video called Go Nuts! – an entertaining 4-minute homage to mad culture and a provocative critique of normalcy and its banality.
Evaluating the Components
- Component Evaluation: Finding Fun – 15 minutes
- Component Evaluation: Across the Modules – 30 minutes
The dominant message in the mental health world is that the mad need to be made “normal.” Project community expert Irit Shimrat says sometimes it’s great to be nuts; her short 4-minute video celebrates those times, but is also a comment on the need to reclaim and celebrate pleasures. Students can take this message into their mental health practice.
Go Nuts! is an entertaining 4-minute homage to mad culture. Two unit learning activities explore different facets of community expert Irit Shimrat’s survival and coping strategies.