Greenspace Project
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by Gareth
1w ago
The Greenspace Project stands out among conventional community gardens at the University of South Australia due to its distinct focus on mental health and community building. This rooftop community garden not only provides a sustainable and inclusive environment for students but also strives to raise awareness about the importance of student mental health. Unlike traditional gardens that primarily emphasise horticulture, the Greenspace Project offers a unique hands-on and interactive experience, fostering a sense of community and equipping students with resources to support their mental well-b ..read more
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Have you met Doug?
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by Gareth
1w ago
Doug is a tool used to help children who suffer from experiential avoidance. Experiential avoidance refers to the tendency to avoid or suppress unpleasant thoughts, emotions, sensations, or memories, often by engaging in behaviours that provide short-term relief but perpetuate long-term distress. Doug’s Ecosystem is a support network for parents and their children, incorporating elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help children accept and face their fears. The tool includes engaging books that address common bedtime fears such as fear of the dark, separation anxiety, and fea ..read more
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VMH Project Update April 2024
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by Gareth
1M ago
Howdy! A few quick updates on Visualising Mental Health 2024. We are up and running again for another year which is fantastic. Student groups are currently working on projects, inspired by 4 topics. You can read the brief given to students here. Over the past week, whilst battling COVID, I was able to engage via email and Zoom with a number of student groups who have taken a keen interest in their topic, with many excellent questions. I’m looking forward to seeing some prototype ideas tomorrow when I attend the design studios. There have been a few personnel changes to the VMH team, which have ..read more
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It isn’t just us dabbling in novel mental health communications
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by Gareth
1y ago
This website was created to feature the unique and interesting ideas that UniSA Communication Design students produce when given mental health topics to digest. They can be browsed from the home page. But more broadly, this site is intended to spark people’s imagination on how we can improve mental health literacy through novel product, service, campaign and event development. If you’ve not come across the term ‘mental health literacy’ before: Mental health literacy is defined as “knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders which aid their recognition, management and prevention”¹. It include ..read more
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VMH Topics for 2023
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by Gareth
1y ago
It’s nice to be back and writing on the site again! Visualising Mental Health (VMH) whilst a passion project, doesn’t get as much attention in my life as I’d like. That has meant an absence of 2023 updates. But that hasn’t meant that it has stopped. We just finished putting a cohort of Communication Design students through the process! So, I thought I’d post some updates. I’ll start with the topics we gave students this year. Quick aside, if this is the first time you are encountering VMH, the process works as follows. Psychologists put together a handful of topics that are mental health rela ..read more
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Goodhearts
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by Gareth
1y ago
Emotional abuse is widespread, is often difficult to recognise, and can trigger mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, as well as the compromising of physical health. Studies demonstrate there is also an increased danger of emotionally abusive relationships becoming physically violent. Therefore, it is critical to the community that we approach building knowledge and resilience around abuse from when people are first experiencing intimate relationships, enabling them to not only identify the presence of emotional abuse early and act, but also to ac ..read more
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Arts and Health Alliance in South Australia
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by Gareth
1y ago
Yesterday afternoon/evening I attended an Arts and Health Alliance (AaHA) event. The Alliance is a coming together of the three universities (soon maybe two universities) in South Australia to celebrate the many ways that the Arts and Health can collaborate. There was a small mention of it in this InDaily arts round-up article. At the core of the event was the launch of the report ‘Telling the Story of Arts and Health in South Australia‘ by Tully Barnett, Alex Cothren and Joanne Arcuili. The report covers the relationship between Arts and Health and the many projects that have shaped Arts and ..read more
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Visualising Mental Health projects being exhibited now
Visualising Mental Health Blog
by Gareth
1y ago
Each year, the best student concepts from Visualising Mental Health are exhibited at the Kerry Packer Gallery, alongside other work from MatchStudio. Full details of the exhibition can be found here. It is running from the 6th October to the 2nd November, 2022, so get in quick! I was briefly at the opening night and got a quick snap of some of the project posters (see featured image). I was also amazed to see the other projects that MatchStudio is doing of this type. A core feature of a MatchStudio project is to apply design thinking to solving complex problems and getting inter-disciplinary i ..read more
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We’re still here – promise!!
Visualising Mental Health Blog
by Gareth
1y ago
I last posted in 2021 with an update on the topic that students in 2021 were working on. I’ve been very quiet since. But Visualising Mental Health is going strong and we’re still around. The students for 2022 are finishing up their projects as we speak. I believe us psychologists will be getting a sneak peak at the best ones in the coming weeks. The team at Cre8d helped me fix up a bunch of issues with the website and simplify it overall. We also have exciting news that we had an academic paper accepted for publication that I’ll be able to share here soon that tells the history of VMH, outline ..read more
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Restore
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by Gareth
1y ago
Restore is a care box that supports survivors of domestic violence. While survivors experience various forms of abuse, the emotional and psychological impacts of domestic violence can have a wide range of long-lasting effects on a survivor’s mental health. Existing services mainly target victims by getting them out of the abusive environment or after with professional therapy. Restore supports survivors’ long term in the comfort of their own home by increasing their sense of independence in order to recognise signs and break negative patterns. The way that Restore is designed as a care box com ..read more
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