Loading up the student projects

The Visualising Mental Health Initiative started in 2016.

At the time of writing, three groups of Communication Design students have worked on the initiative, producing communication design prototypes for communicating mental health topics to the general public.

Over the next couple of months, you’ll see us loading up each of these student projects onto the site.

We will start with the most recent projects (from 2018) and then work backwards uncovering projects from previous years and loading them up as well.

In time, you will find all the student projects listed on this page.

Having an online home for these communication design prototypes is important for a number of reasons.

  1. Not everyone can get along to the yearly exhibit of the projects at the Kerry Packer Gallery, yet we think the audience for these projects is international.
  2. The students (and supporting psychologists and lecturers) have invested lots of time, effort and heart into these projects, and we hate the idea of these projects sitting in a box somewhere, forgotten. So we gave them a home on the web.
  3. We hope that visitors to the site might find a project that they want to support be developed to the next level. It might be a psychologist who would like to use the materials in their own practice, or a mental health organisation that would like to build on one of the ideas for a future campaign. Without this site, these people wouldn’t be able to find and support these projects.
  4. A lot of what gets talked about in the public sphere around mental health is focused on ‘mental illness’. These projects show that the conversation about mental health in the general public can be more than that.
  5. We want to inspire those studying and working in the areas of communication design and psychology to collaborate, and the best way we know how to do this is to show them the cool stuff that can emerge from such collaborations.

So please spend some time looking around the site, and also think about returning in the future, to see the new content we are loading up.

We’d love to have you as part of our community.