How can we educate and connect people with their loved ones struggling with mental illness?
Educating Loved Ones
Guide to the Mind focuses on educating those with loved ones experiencing mental illness. It hopes to put an end to the stigma by teaching allies and providing a common ground for both parties to feel safe and secure to speak about the topic.
The landing page allows users to login in or create an account right from the get-go so they can better serve their loved ones. However, for those just looking to explore and learn more, there is an option to skip the login altogether.
Mental Health Overview
The homepage provides an overview of mental health: what it is, types of mental illness, and fast facts about mental illness within the United States.
Specific Mental Illnesses
Specific mental health sections, such as the depression area, allow users to take a deep dive into each type of mental illness. These pages further break down the various versions of that mental illness as well as specific warning signs, symptoms and other specific details.
How to Help
Each section contains a how to help page to better equip users to reach out and help their loved ones through whatever they happen to be struggling with. This section provides dos and don’ts for helping people struggling with their mental health.
A large aspect of Guide to the Mind is the friend profiles that help members cope with their mental illness. This area, should the user wish to share with others, allows family and friends to check-up on their loved ones and share intimate details of their struggle that they might have a hard time disclosing in person.
Interaction Prototype and Process Work
The above prototype video demonstrates how a user might interact with the application, and subsequently other users. The link below describes the process and research conducted to lead to the final solution.