The SA Mental Health Commission partnered with UniSA’s Match Studio to sponsor an award for
3rd-year design students who developed visual communication tools to help clinical psychologists and organisations communicate with clients and the general public around mental health issues.
The aim of the project is to turn students’ concepts into real-life tools to aid in the communication, de-stigmatisation, awareness, assistance or treatment of a mental health issue.
The SAMHC sponsored research and development including prototype production costs.
Award-winning projects were announced during 2019 World Mental Health Week at a special launch and were displayed at the Visualising Mental Health exhibition at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery at UniSA.
The student design teams were briefed on selected mental health concepts by members of the Psychology and Health Forum, a private multidisciplinary social network for South Australian mental health practitioners, researchers and students.
The briefings provided the vital background information needed for the design students to develop design prototypes of visual communication tools that have the potential to assist psychologists communicate with clients and the general public.
The winning student concept was Monster Me, a mobile game for children aged 6–12 years that aims to show children that mental health is as important as physical health. The SAMHC will provide funding for the limited production run for Monster Me, as well as support for the crowdfunding campaign for Mother in the Making.
The SAMHC nominated Chloe Mulligan, Lianna Andersen and Jordan Minervini and their project Feeliens as worthy of an honourable mention.
For more information, go to: https://aad.unisa.edu.au/research/research-areas/matchstudio/projects/projects/visualising-mental-health-2019/
2019 Visualising Mental Health initiative
WINNER: Monster Me
Monster Me team – Kimberly Molenaar, Kit Ying Chloe Yau & Amelia Nichols
SECOND PLACE: Mother in the Making
Mother in the Making team – Lulu Hardy, Winnie Packer, Sophie Horvat and Hannah Brooks
THIRD PLACE (prototyped if funded secured through crowdfunding): No Shit!
No Shit! team – Michaela DiFabio, Chelsea Gilbert, Jamie Sowton and Ruby Byrne
SA Mental Health Commission Honourable Mention: Feeliens
Feeliens team – Chloe Mulligan, Lianna Andersen and Jordan Minervini
Monster Me is a mobile game for children 6–12 years with the message that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be valued and taken care of equally.
Mother in the Making is a reflective prompt journal to enable new mothers to explore the myriad emotions they’re experiencing and to better understand how they’re feeling throughout this experience.
No Shit! is a card game designed to address the complexities of courtesy on social media platforms. It encourages face-to-face interaction to recharge relationships and engage in respective acts of goodwill.
Feeliens project – SAMHC honourable mention.
Links to the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022:
Strategic Direction 1:
Strengthen mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental illness through high impact promotion, prevention and early-in-life intervention strategies.
Strategic Direction 2:
Community education to improve awareness and reduce stigma.
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