Think of 8 people that you know. That's the number of people that die by suicide every day in Australia. This is a statistic that needs to change and it is our duty as designers and architects of experiences to address this problem.
During this talk, I want to take the opportunity to:
Present my story to the design community on how I have battled, and continue to work hard to manage my anxiety and depression;
Explain what it feels like to deal with anxiety and depression and how I used creativity to produce a beautifully illustrated short story, offering hope and help to all my readers;
How working with a multidisciplinary team allowed me to create and craft a product that used human-centred design to create an effective, helpful and informative tool;
Present my learnings and proven strategies that anyone can try, learn and practice to improve their mental health.