POST 9: Visual documentation of the brainstorming session

Yuchun Yu

In this stage, I’m still confuse what should I demonstrate in this issue, actually we didn’t have much time to explore those mind maps for each person in our issue group.

Visually, the brainstorming was not completed in the class, everyone still confuse what they want to do about the final work.


post 8:Brainstorming possibilities for a design response

Yuchun Yu

After all these 7 weeks, we finally focus on the specific thing that we have about mental health, mine one is the connection between the video game addiction and teenager’s mental illness.

we made a rough mind map as a five-people group for each person for brainstorming, mine one is quite rough.

Who does the problem effect?
Mostly, teenagers and men.

  1. When does the problem occur?  The problem occur in the puppetry. It need to be fix as soon as possible.
  2. Where does the problem occur? Internet bar, home, any places have computers and internet.
  3. when does it need to be fixed? As soon as possible.



Design an event or competition to help people walk out to their home, make them get in touch with the real world. The name of the game/event  could be “POKEMON GO in the real life “.

POST 7: Issue mapping



We had class exercises in a five-people group during these weeks, what we did is draw some mind maps and put those categories as human and non-human stakeholders.

In week 3, me and my group members had discussion and list all we thought any words related to mental illness could be, such as accessible, social media, advertisement, youth and ignorance.img_02390011

In week 4, we had another group map exercise about our issue, which is put those words in different categories, such as social groups,  emotion and disruptive.00210011

Blog 6: Scraping the web for data

By Yuchun Yu

I choose Twitter as the social media platform, now they has millions of users.  Twitter already has a disproportionate influence on the world. Therefore, it attracts a significant number of politicians, journalists, and celebrities. The world is changed by this little blue bird.

What’s more, Twitter is an excellent media platform to  explore people’s  thought, mood, emotion and feeling. Compare to other media platforms , such as magazine, Tv, newspaper and radio, twitter is more easy to communicate people’s ideas and opinions as a social media. Social media led to a new trend to make people have connection around the world wide, which is more interactive.



I used two search tools, one is from Google, another is from datapipeline, then I searched some keywords about mental health, which is “suicide” and “mental illness”. Mostly, the result is  about people how to deal with their thought of suicide, also some opinions and how to prevent this issue keep happening, including positive and negative thoughts.

The possible visual design of this result, it could be a data visualization,  these are two examples that I found in the book that our tutor provided to us in the tutorial, which are very useful, my visual style could be a bit different from those samples, like the graphic mind map with data base, with illustration to create the best outcome.



BLOG 5: Interview



Interviewer: Yuchun Yu

Interviewee: Laura Stenta

Q:Why do you think addicted to video game is a mental illness?

A:The isolation to being addicted into a video game is all about interacting with the computer screen,  they don’t want to communicate with other people, like humaily contact, and isolate themselves, maybe they want to prevent loneliness, and the outside world isn’t like the actual real physical environment isn’t very entertaiment for you anymore, they don’t want to engage in normal everyday activities.

Q:How to prevent people get mental illness because of video game?

A:Somehow they need to build a good interaction to connect the real life, so they don’t have to feel like they only work through to the video game. They were be able to control everything in the video game, they might feel out of control in their personal life, if they keep doing like this, the addiction will get stronger. I think men and teenagers will more addiction on the video game easily. The only way to prevent this issue is do other things that is more meaningful.


Small Task for my interviewee

Play a popular video game and clarify the connection between the video game and mental health

I played the video game bubble shooter. I think that the connection between possibly mental health and it was the source of addiction. Time just completely diminished as you become tunnel visioned and engrossed in the act of playing the game.

You also gained reward and self satisfaction from achieving things in the game.



POST 3:Mapping the participants (human and non-human) and constructing an image archive

human factors & non-human factors from week 3

Refined mind map

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10 images


  1. Do stories really hold that much influence?



How Australians picture mental illness, was an image that showed a woman surrounded by multiple profiles of herself in various states of pressure.



Psychogenic illness seems to be most common in distressed communities.


Seven girls in Puritan Salem Village began contorting, twitching, and uttering unintelligible noises.


While there’s countless reasons to why horror films are both healthy and enjoyed, visual stimuli, of violence and sex especially, can still carry substantial risk to the viewer.


Guess The Toy Mental Illness

The Awl found these psychiatrically-challenged German toys, presumably designed to teach small children about various mental illnesses. But the German descriptions are totally weird! I know the turtle is depressed, but can anyone inform me/the public about Sly’s struggles?


The patient seems to temporarily suffer from the delusion that she is a wolf despite the fact that she is without a doubt a sheep. The unexpectedly strong exhibition of the repressed identity completely overstrains her.


The statements were meant to highlight how subtle yet hurtful these comments can be, how they can silence individuals, and, worse, how they can prevent those struggling from seeking future support or counseling.



Their motto is: “We don’t all struggle with a mental illness, but we all have mental health.”One of the ways they’re working toward this goal is their #ENDTHESTIGMA photo series, featuring students who live with mental illness.

10. enhanced-8634-1444480478-1The project’s founder, Dior Vargas, said she hopes to eradicate the stigma of mental illness within communities of colour and show a diverse representation of those who live with these conditions.


1.Beyond the “Digital Campfire”

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2.Peter Barrett 2016,”Pictures tell a story of mental illness”,  <;, viewed 20 August 2016

3&4 Buzzfeed 2016,“The Hiccuping Girls Of Old Salem”,<> viewed 20 August 2016

5.The creators project 2016, “The Psychology of What Makes an Image “Horror”,<> viewed 20 August 2016

6&7. Buzzfeed 2016, “Guess The Toy Mental Illness”, <> viewed 20 August 2016

8&9. Buzzfeed 2015, “These Photos Expose The Ways People With Mental Illness Are Shamed”<; viewed 20 August 2016

10. Buzzfeed 2015, “This Photo Series Tries To Combat The Stigma Of Mental Illness

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Post 4:The Semicolon Tattoo Project Is Helping Mental Illness

By Yuchun Yu

We’re here right now because the specific tattoos, we are going to have that conversation, The Semicolon Tattoo Project is an organization run by the Agora Crisis Center in Albuquerque. Their mission is to use positive awareness to fight the stigma that surrounds mental health. Some volunteers came to this project and said, “ we’ve seen this kind of internet meme of this semicolon concept going around and why don’t we like take it and make it a tattoo?” The semicolon metaphor is an author chooses to use the semicolon when they could have ended the sentence, but choose not to, and also they love that the whole point of getting the tattoos is that tattoos are a great conversation piece, so it almost like forces you to talk about your mental illness.

Person 1: He gonna get a song lyric, which is “ This world can be ugly, but isn’t it beautiful?” The meaning of that is bad things can get rough in your life, but if you take the time to actually open your eyes, and not just focus on what’s terrible and see what’s beautiful around you. It gives you a whole new perspective. He lost his two friends both to suicide, he was supposed to hangout with his friends the day it happened, so that kind of hit really hard. After all, you don’t realize how many people you effect until that happens, that is really opens your eyes and see that you impact people you barely even talk to. After that he traveled abroad then transferred schools, switched his major.

The Semicolon Tattoo Project and the Agora Crisis Center encourage you to use their hotline and online chat services for “anything and everything.”

Youtube 2015, Buzz Feed Yellow “What Is The Semicolon Tattoo Project?” viewed 18 August,2016

Post 2: Building your expertise using scholarly secondary sources

BY Yuchun Yu

Engadget 2015, Video games are tackling mental health with mixed results,<; viewed  7 August, 2016

This scholarly article was written by Aaron Souppouris, he writes about design, technology, video games, and whatever ‘culture’ is supposed to be. Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics.

The author wrote this article is aiming to tell people Mental illness is used as a motivation for villainy, thrown in as an “interesting” game mechanic or mischaracterized as the sum and whole of a character’s personality. There’s a worryingly pervasive stigma surrounding mental conditions, and as one of our most dominant art forms, video games need to do a better job in portraying them.When the most significantly damaging myth about mental illness, and schizophrenia in particular, is that ‘these people’ are violent and not in sync with reality.

638 Impact of Watching Tv/Playing Games on Mental Health and Learning of Uae Children


Post 1 Creating a data set using secondary sources

BY Yuchun Yu

Article 1:

Buzzfeed 2016, Playing Pokémon Go Is Helping People With Mental Health Issues Feel Better , UK, viewed 1 August 2016

The author is Alicia Melville-Smith from BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed is an Internet media company based in New York City. The firm describes itself as a “social news and entertainment company” with a focus on digital media and digital technology in order to provide “the most shareable breaking news, original reporting.

The reason why she writing this article because of the popular game “Pokemon Go”, she thinks this game is actually good for mental health, as I can see, this is the first time that she wrote about the issue.

  • In my opinion, Specifically, it’s exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise, so it’s more likely that it’s going to turn into a sustainable habit you’ll actually enjoy.
  • There’s something about being outside in the open as opposed to inside four walls that is very clarifying to the brain,” says Bonior. “This game can make u Moving around in the fresh air is an inherently mood-boosting activity.”
  • And those benefits include reduced stress, endorphins, help release the depression and anxiety.
  • Seriously, self-love and self-confidence are integral to your mental health, and sometimes, reasons to celebrate yourself can feel few and far between.
  • You don’t have to be making new friends with strangers on the street. Chances are, you’re probably spending more time with friends, coworkers, casual acquaintances and family members that you don’t normally see as much.
  • Social anxiety can make you question and overthink social situations to the point that you avoid them. But with Pokémon Go, you have an easy point of connection and a goal of why you’re there, which takes your pressure off. “You don’t have to over-focus on whether people are looking at you or overthink how to act and what to say.
  • This game can make people happy but also have the negative effect, people might have addition to the game, the author didn’t mention that in the article.

Article 2: The Conversation 2015, Mental health is a global issue – here’s how neuroscience can cross international boundaries, UK, <> viewed 1 August, 2016

This article was written by Barbara Sahakian, a Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge, The Conversation is an independent, not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community from Australia.

Barbara Sahakian’s research is aimed at understanding the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction in order to develop more effective pharmacological and psychological treatments. Basically, most of articles that she wrote is about mental health.

In my opinion, I think Bringing together neuroscientific and global mental health strengths in both research and treatment could lead to real gains in improving mental well-being, quality of life and how well people function with their disorder.

The author wrote this article in a profession position, Sahakian’s article identifies important pieces in the puzzle of better understanding and treating mental health but a dramatically different perspective on these pieces needs to be adopted if genuine and lasting progress is to be realised.



Article 3: Newmatilda 2016, The Powerful Truth Of Safe Schools: Mental Health Is Political, <> UK, viewed 1 August, 2016

This article was written by Liam McLoughlin, a Sydney-based freelance writer. He majored in Psychology and wrote his Honours Thesis on Climate Justice. New Matilda is a left-wing independent Australian website of news, analysis and satire. He wrote this article based on political position, basically, according to what he wrote, he focus on politics more than mental health, but he still got a psychology background and wrote this article professionally.

In my opinion, the starting point for the article is, understanding that mental health is political, but he need to develop the kind of sophisticated understanding of mental illness.

Article 4: THE NEW YORK TIMES 2016, An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold,<> US, viewed 1 August, 2016

This article was written by Benedict Carey, a science reporter for The New York Times, he writes about everyday psychology. As we all know, the New York Times have the largest circulation among the metropolitan newspapers in USA.