Design for Mental Health

Programme Lead: Professor Tanya Krzywinska

How can design improve mental health, its image and well-being? 

Mental health is increasingly of concern across the population, and it has been shown to have a disproportionate affect on the old and the young. This programme will develop innovative, design-led approaches to tackle mental health issues across a range of ages, drawing on research that addresses the use of technology, language, visual design and interaction/communication design. It seeks to help overturn stigma, to develop applications and online support and find new ways of articulating cognate experience, to help carers and minimise the effects of loss and isolation.

Research opportunities

We welcome applications for PhD or MPhil that align with the Design for Mental Health programme. 

Example projects


MOTH Lucy Willow, Mercedes Kemp, Nicola Salkeld & Ashley Rudolph
Design for Mental Health and Well-being in China Bryan Clarke