Designing for mental wellbeing: Towards a more holistic approach in the treatment and prevention of mental illness

Anja Thieme, Jayne Wallace, Thomas D. Meyer, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

To date, HCI for mental health has primarily responded to challenges in the treatment of mental illness, with a focus on therapy access and engagement. However, approaches to improving and protecting people's mental wellbeing have received less attention. Prompted by recent discussions in Western Healthcare and Psychology, we argue for a more holistic approach to promoting mental health that expands the field's focus to include strategies for enhancing mental wellbeing. A closer consideration of mental wellbeing can increase the effectiveness of mental health interventions, help in preventing mental illness and relapse, and extend our knowledge as to how we can support people to flourish as individuals and enhance their quality of life more generally. Our aim is to encourage more research on positive aspects of mental health in the treatment and care provision of people with mental health problems, and to support preventive approaches. To this end, the paper provides a comprehensive definition of mental wellbeing as positive emotional, psychological and social health; presents a review of HCI literature illustrating how the field is beginning to respond to the mental wellbeing agenda; and proposes avenues for future design and research in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish HCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference
PublisherACM
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336437
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
EventBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015

Conference

ConferenceBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLincoln, Lincolnshire
Period13/07/1517/07/15

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