Visualising Mental Health


Gallery open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Thursdays until 7pm)
Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide MAP

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Match Studio, University of South Australia

Now in its fourth year, Visualising Mental Health is an initiative of Match Studio, and led by academic Dr Doreen Donovan (Senior Lecturer, Communication Design) at the University of South Australia. It brings together psychologists from the community, led by clinician Dr Gareth Furber, with 3rd Year Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) students at UniSA to develop unique methods for communicating mental health and wellbeing concepts to the broader community.

The students undertake a 12-week co-design project to develop concepts and design prototypes of visual communication tools that can assist clinical psychologists to communicate with their clients and the general public. The project translates evidence from a clinical psychologist into real world products and services which are designed to directly benefit and empower the community by improving mental health.

Mental ill health, specifically depression, is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The correlation between mental ill health and the risk of suicide is widely known. Suicide in South Australia, in both sexes, is higher than the national average. The suicide rate accelerates steeply in the age group 15–24 and people over 75. Mental health professionals, who play a central role in early intervention of mental ill health and suicide prevention, increasingly state that one of the biggest challenges they face in their work is access to relevant and effective communication tools. The Visualising Mental Health project is clinician-informed and additionally fits with the current evidence-base for best practice in suicide prevention. These communication tools and services are purposefully designed to promote and destigmatise seeking help.

The outcomes of this project are showcased each year at an exhibition to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10 October). Funding from both the South Australian Mental Health Commission and Institute of Private Practising Psychologists has been awarded to take two prototypes to be refined and given a limited production run for distribution (free of charge) to selected psychologists in South Australia.

A Forum centred on the research and outcomes of the Visualising Mental Health project will take place on Thursday 10 October 2019. Clothing For Good will also exhibited in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, 8-23 October.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Match Studio, University of South Australia





SA Health, Government of South Australia
South Australian Mental Health Commission,
Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (South Australia)
Institute of Private Practising Psychologists (IPPP)
Cred8d design
Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)


Australian Psychological Society
SA Psychology & Health Forum

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