Rehabilitation of the mentally ill is a huge challenge for the therapists. The therapist designs several sessions for stimulating the intellect and increasing the social skills of the patients. This abstract is about using Wikiquote in a hospital setting as a part of the therapy for individuals with mental illnesses. The participants were inpatients of a mental hospital in Argentina. They were given small, manageable tasks on Wikiquote, after giving them individualized training on writing skills and grammar. They were then asked to add content to Wikiquote. During the course, the patients developed digital literacy, writing, research skills and they learned to write with others, to accept revisions of their work and to interact with other community members. Patients developed a wide range of skills and abilities that help them gain confidence by feeling that they make a meaningful contribution to our society. It also increased their self-esteem or communication skills. The participants gave positive feedback about the therapy and their mental health improved after the Wikiquote sessions. During my talk (recorded video in English), I am going to give an overview about this project, details regarding how it was executed and the feedback from the participants (inpatients and staff) involved in the project.
This session aims at giving my perspective of fixing the diversity gap on Wikimedia projects. At the end of the session, the audience would have got an overview to conducting outreach events at unconventional settings such as a hospital. The participants will also have sufficient understanding about replicating this project in a different setting, such as a retirement home or a children's' ward. Additionally, I shall also talk about the challenges faced during this project (concerns of privacy, safety, follow-up) and how they were overcome.
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I will really be looking forward to this!!! And to seeing you my dear friend :) Saintfevrier (talk) 21:27, 20 June 2018 (UTC)