IDF 127 + PSYC 212: Slow Media & Mental Health

Image from Slow Media Community

How might we support the mental health of the community via decolonized media?

Term: Fall 2020
Departments: Indigenous Digital Filmmaking, Psychology
Courses: Introductory Documentary (IDF 127), Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 212)
Instructors: Gregory Coyes, Douglas W Alards-Tomalin
Staff contact: Anne Rodgers (North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission), Erin Black (Vancouver Coastal Health)

Slow Media is a form of decolonized media that harvests the natural landscape and shares it with community.

IDF students will create Slow Media programs from around the North Shore. These programs will be shared with the broader community via partner networks and PSYC students will carry out surveys to measure the impact of Slow Media on viewers’ mental health.

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 3.1: Enhance well-being and quality of life for all community members.
      • 3.1.4  Support the pursuit of individual well-being and shared community needs, values and aspirations by community members from all ethno-cultural backgrounds, ages and abilities through equal access to City services and resources and by fostering inclusion;
  • Council Strategic Plan
    • A City for People is welcoming, inclusive, safe, accessible and supports the health and well-being of all.
    • A Vibrant City is where dynamic public spaces and places provide opportunities for connection and enable residents to engage with their community and celebrate their culture and history.