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The Voices Project

The Voices Project Mental Health


What is the Voices Project?

 The Voices Project: Mental Health is the next chapter of a psychology project that explores society’s attitudes towards individuals considered “different.” In this project, Misericordia students interview individuals from social groups that are misunderstood, stigmatized, and/or ignored and write memoirs of their lives. These memoirs are integrated into staged readings or theatrical programs and performed to the campus and community to educate others on the "real" experiences of these interviewees. Since its inception in 2009, the project has explored the experiences of a variety of social groups.

The Voices Project started in 2009 with a focus on diverse groups crossing race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and health conditions.

The Voices Project: Disability took place in 2012 with a focus on physical disabilities.

The US/UK Voices Project took place in 2014 and was an international exchange of stories between Misericordia students and undergraduates at Blackburn College in England

The Voices Project: Mental Health began in 2016 and focuses on individuals and family members of those with mental health conditions.

In recognition of Mental Health Week and Mental Health Month in October 2019, Dr. Nordstrom was featured on WVIA Radio ArtScene and spoke about The Voices Project: Mental Health. Listen to the podcast here. 

Click this link to watch the documentary "Voices Project: Mental Health," that aired on WVIA in October 2019.  In recognition of Mental Health Week and Mental Health Month, the documentary chronicled interviews done by six Misericordia students with people diagnosed with a range of mental health disorders as part of an ongoing research study on understanding differences.

What is The Voices Project and how did it get started? Check out Alicia Nordstrom's TEDxLancaster talk on "The Fallacy of Normal and Beauty of Difference" (September, 2017) to learn more:

The Voices Project