Developing a draft proposal

Post 8: Brainstorming possibilities for a design response

In this brainstorming session, we were asked to individually respond to the questions of who, what, when, where and why in regards to our chosen issue. Because mental health issue is such a broad topic, I found it difficult to answer each question with a solid response.

Who does the problem affect?

  • Society
  • Workforce
  • Patients
  • Doctors and nurses and other professionals such as psychiatrists and therapists
  • Friends and family
  • Country
  • Any stakeholders that come into contact with the issue

What are the boundaries of this issue?

  • Media
  • Stigma
  • Lack of awareness, knowledge and information
  • Culture, religion and beliefs
  • History
  • Personality
  • Medication
  • Educational institutions
  • Financial problems
  • Pride and prejudice
  • Workforce
  • People
  • Technology

When does it occur?
This issue is occurring today and it can occur anytime and develop in various speed and levels, as every individual has an equal chance of having mental health.

Where does the problem occur?

Since every patient suffering from mental health have different reasons and timing, the problem can happen anywhere at any time and thus is why people suffer from it worldwide.

Why is this issue important?

Because each individual has a likely chance of developing mental health issue, it is important for every individual to have a thorough understanding of mental health issues so we can decrease numbers of patients by stopping symptoms to getting serious at an early developmental stage.

After responding to each question, I came up with a draft proposal, “Lack of awareness in Japan causing stigma for mental health”, which could potentially be my starting point to be developed further into a more solid and explicit proposal.

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