Designing for Mental Health

Nearly one in five Americans experience mental illness, yet many UX designers lack the necessary training to effectively design for those struggling with mental health.

Let’s change that.

As UX designers, strategists, and behavioral scientists, we’re working on an initiative to improve access, reduce stigma, and leverage digital technologies to enable innovative and effective treatment experiences. The first step we’ve taken is creating the following guidelines for designing in the mental health space.

Mental Health Design Infographic

Download the infographic here

Additional resources:

Guidelines and Recommendations

  • FEDM: requirements for formatting content to be easily understood by patients with severe illnesses
  • App Evaluation Model: the American Psychiatric Association’s recommendations for providers to consider when selecting apps to recommend for treatment

Groups and Centers

Papers and Testing

Contributed by
Jennifer Smerdel
Job Title
Experience Strategist
Marli Mesibov
Job Title
VP, Content Strategy