I have carried out various interviews with people who regularly battle depression, resulting in isolation, low-motivation and self-esteem. For some, engaging with nature and the outdoor environment can be a relief from the repetitive negative thoughts,
“I am more likely to live in the moment if I’m in nature”
but the prospect of leaving the house itself becomes an internal struggle;
“it’s like a force field you just can’t get out of”
The user diary above questioned;
the communication with others including friends and family, and through what mediums. Preferring to text, or speak anonymously through the internet, to avoid exposure of their emotional state.
the triggers that brought on depression; negative memories or events
the triggers that could bring them into a more rational state, whether it was challenging themselves, small tasks, distractions or the intervention from friends and family,
the securities in their home environment, or the discomforts
the obstacles they come across
the experience of stepping out into the outdoor environment and the thoughts evoked from this.
There is no underestimating the severity of dealing with depression; the aim of this project at this point is to try and provide a small relief from the torrent of negative thoughts encompassed by depression. Interpreting this research, I have defined a design space and parameters for the concept generation, in the hope to maintain a constant dialogue with the users themselves.
Next post… The design space