Tools to start conversations, stimulate thinking, and educate young children about mental illnesses.
A project in collaboration with the Grote Beek (GGZE), a mental health care institution Eindhoven.
Brief: how do we attract people from surrounding neighbourhoods to use the Grote Beek estate, in order to create a more normal environment for the clients.
It is the lack of knowledge about mental illnesses that can turn into fear that makes people avoid the institution.
Starting from my own question; “How are grown-ups supposed to know how to deal with the subject ‘mental illness’ when this topic is never addressed in their youth?” I developed these educative toys for children between 3 and 6 years old. The psychological diseases are divided in five groups, each shown by five symptoms of the disease.