Friday, 11 March 2016

OUGD505 Product Range Distribution - Research, Mental Illness Resources (Studio Brief Two)

I was originally going to look at possible kits or packs that were available to people suffering with mental illnesses, however after searching online, I found out that there is absolutely nothing available that is specifically aimed at this.

There are products sold separately, such as adult colouring books, relaxing bubble bath and gluten free products available that are thought to help people suffering with anxiety.
It would be a very interesting project to look into the causes of anxiety, and to focus on a range of products that are all gluten free, as being celiac is something that is only just being recognised and linked to gluten consumption.

This is an idea I will put forward in the group critique, as it's something that is really current in society today.

Instead of researching products, I am going to look at websites and help forums available to people suffering, as this is really the only way that people can get information and help online without going to a doctor - and a lot of people who do go to doctors get given tablets to help, but multiple sufferers don't like the idea of being on tablets to control feelings, as it could change them as a person.

Mental Health First Aid England is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.

To date, they have trained over 1200 instructors in England who have delivered the MHFA courses to over 100,000 people. They also offer in-house training directly to large organisations through MHFA Workplace and consultancy to suit individual customer's needs. They develop their training products to keep them at the cutting edge of research and best practice. Their quality assurance processes ensure that instructors deliver training of the highest quality.

Sane is an online website where sufferers can post about their experiences with mental health and illness, and advise other users. The website is also a charity in which sufferers and non-sufferers can donate to help other people that are suffering.

Mind is a similar website to the above, however it is very useful in the fact that if you are really struggling with your mental health, you can get instant access to someone who will advise and help you. This is definitely a step up from going to the doctors for a diagnosis, as you don't have to wait for an appointment, and the person can diagnose you straight away and get you the help you need. 

The websites that already exist are doing their job and I don't think there would be much point in designing another website, so I think the best idea would be to create either a kit for people suffering that could be given out at doctors when people are diagnosed, or to create a new range of gluten free products, specifically aimed at people who are suffering from anxiety.

I have asked someone who I know that is currently suffering with anxiety, and they gave me this list of things that help them calm down a bit. 

Potential Items:
- Green Tea
- Bubble Bath
- Colouring book
- meditation guide
- website for meditation
- app for meditation
- gluten free guide
- reading
- sleeping

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