The History of Madness in Canada/Histoire de la folie au Canada website collective is pleased to present our first cooperative research site.
Our collective is committed to the belief that history needs to find an expression and an audience outside the academy. The exhibits featured on these pages breathe life into this principle by accenting the importance of mental health history to all our lives, across a wide swath of human experience both past and present.
After the Asylum tells the story of the paradigm shift in twentieth-century mental health provision from overcrowded aging provincial facilities to a myriad of community settings – the group home, the drop-in, the clinic, and the street. A series of creative and compelling exhibits, crafted by community and academic researchers, gives voice to the mental health service users, practitioners, policy-makers and bureaucrats whose lives intersected with this complex and often troubled history.
Involving more than twenty community and academic participants from across Canada, Britain and the United States, this work has been funded by two different grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Principal research investigators have included Megan J. Davies, Erika Dyck and Marie-Claude Thifault. A special Histoire sociale/Social History issue is devoted to After the Asylum research. Knowledge translation grants from CIHR, University of Victoria, York University, Thompson Rivers University and THEN/HiER (The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau) have allowed team members to take project research and create three innovative and engaging educational websites for secondary and post-secondary audiences: Caring Minds: Youth, Mental Health and Community; More for the Mind: Histories of Mental Health for the Classroom; and History in Practice: Community-Informed Mental Health Curriculum.
The History of Madness collective welcomes expressions of interest in other research submissions which will present the history of madness in Canada to academic, community, governmental, and international audiences.