As designers, we take an oath to protect safety and welfare of the public. We support healthcare providers in fulfilling their oath: first, do no harm. What happens when we merge those oaths in the context of society’s most challenging patients: mental health patients? Mental health patients need protection and safety because of their vulnerability. Our true character as a society is revealed by how we care for our most vulnerable members. This research exploration takes an historical tour of how society stereotyped mental health patients and neglected their environmental needs, with the goal of transforming mental health environments now and in the future.
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