Growing up, I’d been told my paranoia was all in my head. Therapy was never an option due to my conservative background. I took mostly to self-help books and meditation, with no plan of action. Now, graduate designer Sara Lopez Ibanez has put together a kit that allows users to assess their mental health.
“The tools are a set of exercises to help understand emotional distress and how to feel better about it,” [Ibanez] said. “They were designed with people who have had experiences of mental health, in order to help others navigate their problems and reach out for help.”
The kit, dubbed Mindnosis, includes several tools. Discover comprises six colored triangles representing different aspects affecting the user’s wellbeing. Users can paste these onto a record journal. Try Out is a collection of activity cards, and Learn is a handful of informative cards.
“I believe it is important to be able to explore your concerns and try to make sense of them, before you feel ready to open up to others. As well as giving you information about wellbeing initiatives happening locally, so you have plenty of free resources while you wait for an appointment.”
Speaking about one’s emotions is never a simple task, but certain tools make it easier to do so. Nowadays, mental illness sufferers are getting the help they need–whether by virtual therapy or other means.