Mental Health Rhetoric

Edited by Lisa Melonçon and Cathryn Molloy

Offering rhetorically informed strategic interventions, this innovative collection moves beyond critiques of mental health issues, problems, and care. With sections that focus on methodological, cultural and legal, and pedagogical interventions, readers will find an engaging discussion of a discrete mental health phenomenon as well as a clear interventional takeaway in each chapter.

Contributors make use of critical discourse analyses, ethnographic inquiries, autoethnographic inquiries, case studies, and textual analyses to engage such mental health research topics as postpartum depression among Chinese mothers; insanity pleas; anosognosia; issues of intimacy, access, and embodiment in research projects; community support groups; Black mental health; women in alcoholics anonymous; and mental health in faculty workshops and university online health tools. The authors and editors create scholarship on mental health that explicitly builds productive methodological, theoretical, and practical bridges among scholars and teachers in the various specialties of writing and communication.

This collection will interest scholars, students, and practitioners in health and medical humanities; rhetoric of health and medicine; health communication; medical anthropology; scientific and technical communication; disability studies; and rhetorical studies generally.

Following are links to supplemental material for each chapter and response:

Chapter 1 A theory of collective intimacy: Lisa Melonçon and Lora Arduser

Chapter 2 Reflections on Research as it Unfolds: Inclusive Tactics as a Methodological Intervention: Sean Kamperman

Chapter 3 Culture-centered approaches to rhetorical research: Considering domestic violence as a site for intersectional interventions: Lisa DeTora and Tomeka Robinson

Chapter 4 Facilitating Rhetoric: Paratherapeutic Activity in Community Support Groups: Nora K. Augustine

Chapter 5 Women of Dignity and Grace: The Politics of Respectability in Alcoholics Anonymous: Lori J. Joseph and Stephanie Kelley-Romano

Chapter 6 Rhetorical Crocheting: New Chinese Moms Fighting Postpartum Depression in Social Media: Hua Wang

Chapter 7 Rerouting Stigma: Leading with Law in Mental Health Rhetoric Research: Mark A. Hannah and Susie Salmon

Chapter 8 Destigmatizing Black Mental Health: A Gay Black Woman’s Experience: Tianna Cobb

Chapter 9 An Autoethnographic Examination of Anosognosia in a Sibling Exhibiting Severe Psychosis: Reimagining Inclusiveness in MHRR: Cynthia Ryan

Chapter 10 Toward an Empathy-First Approach to Student Mental Health: A Guide for Faculty Development: Lynn Reid

Chapter 11 “Do You Feel Like :(“: Discursive Interventions in University Mental Health Rhetorics: Leslie R. Anglesey and Adam Hubrig

Chapter 12 Online University Mental Health Tools: Definitions and Narratives as Interventions: Barbara George and Rachael Blasiman