How can we adapt healthcare to growing eco-anxiety?
Hosted by Reframing Studio
Redesigning Psychiatry is an innovation network aimed at redesigning the mental healthcare system for the 21th century. The project rethinks the core concept of what a mental illness is, while at the same time developing a system that better addresses the grand challenges we face as a society. One of these challenges is climate change, as this is one of the defining issues for health systems in the 21th century.
Climate change is likely to impact mental health in many different ways. Climate related disasters, such as floods and bush fires, increase the risk of developing severe anxiety disorders. In rural areas, there is a relationship between drought and increased suicide rates. Heat waves have been associated with higher rates of aggression and violence. But also, more subtle and indirect effects of climate change can add stress to people’s lives in varying degrees. ‘Eco-anxiety’ may create emotional distress and anxiety about the future, leaving many individuals feeling scared, depressed, numb, frustrated or angry.
After a mini-lecture on Redesigning Psychiatry you will form teams and design future mental healthcare concepts that counter the adverse effects of climate change on mental health.
You will learn more about the design project Redesigning Psychiatry and how designers, philosophers, psychologists and researchers can redesign a (healthcare) system. By working on a concrete case you will experience what design really can do.