The Mental Help: A Transformation Design Project
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- The Mental HelpA Transformation Design Project
- This project was completed for a class named Transformation Design. Seven people, including myself were placed in a group for the semester. We called ourselves as "Coalesce" and our mini-studio tag line was “I’m Glad You’re Here.”
WHAT THE MENTAL HELP IS
TheMentalHelp.org would be a free, and easy-to-use website to assist people in Indianapolis with finding the optimal mental facility(ies). By having a person, his/her family, or an advocate complete a short, easy, and anonymous online questionnaire. The person seeking assistance would be funneled to the best facilities according to his/her location, type of insurance, and other variables pertaining to the needed treatment. There would also be other pages on the website that connect visitors to other resources, and organizations in the Indianapolis mental health community. Attached to the website would be a marketing component to raise awareness for the site and allow people to get involved in spreading the word. This marketing component would consist of dimensional, print, and web aspects.
THE COALESCE TEAM + MAIN CONTRIBUTIONS
+ Jayne Glick copy for website, copy for proposal, and proposal book design
+ Ashley Allred grant and budget creation
+ Kelli Bauman promotional materials and implementation kit design
+ Kenneth Greene web design, print design, and implementation kit design
+ Cheryl Harnishfeger promotional materials, branding, and implementation kit design
+ Jessica Siple print design, web design, and presentation design
+ Evan Strater web design, coding, and print design
Interested in following the process Coalesce took throughout the semester? Visit our blog here.
- HOW COALESCE FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY WITHIN A SOCIAL ISSUE
At the beginning of the semester, "Coalesce" was given no prompt; only the broad topic of relationships. After a few weeks of diverging on social issues revolving around relationships, we converged our focus to “Dr. and patient relationships." This was still too broad and a group of students couldn't really focus on transforming the doctor's side of the relationship. We decided to focus on patients experiences. After in-depth research surrounding local medical fields, challenge mapping, interviews, more diverging, converging, and some serious decision making, we decided to create a way for Indianapolis residents to find the best place to get mental help.
- WHERE THE MENTAL HELP IS NOW
Knowing an idea like this would take time, money, and serious involvement of those in the field of mental health, our final materials created were aimed to help get this idea get funded through a grant or an organization. This project is currently being continued by Kelli Bauman, a member of "Coalesce."