GRIOTs Episode 1 - Where is home?
From Vanessa White
GRIOTs is a mental health and wellbeing story-telling approach that draws on story-telling methodologies indigenous to Western Africa. It recognises the power of story-telling in developing shared understanding, belonging, acceptance and as a mechanism for healing through story-telling as a means of being heard and having a voice. While the tradition originates in Western Africa, Middlesex GRIOTs are open to all members of the University community in recognition of the opportunity for growth, belonging and wellbeing that are inherent within the diverse stories that combine to be the story of the organisation.
The idea of GRIOTs has emerged from the Co-Creation Initiative in Student Support and Wellbeing and was presented as a wellbeing tool by the student co-lead of the group, Joden Joseph.