Psychosis refers to a range of experiences such as hearing, seeing, feeling, and believing things that are not real to other people. Existing digital information on psychosis was considered mostly overwhelming, unrelatable and not always trustworthy. Furthermore, images associated with psychosis portrayed the condition as a dark, chaotic and depressing disease that only strengthened the stigma associated with mental illness.
Dr Ivana Nakarada-Kordic and the DHW Lab design team were approached by a group of mental health pharmacists to collaborate on developing a user-friendly digital resource to educate young people (16-25) experiencing psychosis and their families about the importance of medication and early intervention. The research project became compelling to the design team when the mental health pharmacists expressed their openness to embark on a co-design journey holding young people experiencing psychosis and their families at the core of the process. This process resulted in Talking Minds – a comprehensive online resource on psychosis, that also includes information for friends and families, and provides insight into other people’s experiences.