Open Lab Meeting: November

We hosted our second Open Lab meeting in November and asked:

How can design bring us together to improve children and young people’s mental health?

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Our speaker was Keili Koppel, our Design, Research & Practice intern from summery 2021.

The session focused on collaborative ways of working. Keili gave a short presentation on how design research and practice has brought stakeholders together to explore children and young people’s mental health, its challenges and possibilities. 

The presentation was followed by an activity-mediated discussion in small groups where we explored what our shared, collaborative working environment might be like.

Keili has a master’s degree in design innovation & environmental design from the Glasgow School of Art. She is interested in design as a form of inquiry, collaborative approaches, and creative engagement.

One of the outputs of Keili’s internship is the 2022 report ‘Designing resources to support young people’s mental health’ authored by Professor Sue Walker, Keili Koppel, and Martha Barratt. The briefing summarises the contribution that design-led research can make to understanding, explaining, and supporting young people’s mental health. There’s also an invaluable appendix listing examples of design research projects focused on this field. 

You can download the report PDF by clicking the image or button below.

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