If you search “depression” on the App Store, you’ll find over 500 apps. They promise everything from relieving symptoms of depression to “curing” bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, there are almost no regulations on what can be published. And while some are fantastic, many others inadvertently hurt the very people they are trying to help. Why? In part because there are no mental health design guidelines available for UX practitioners.
Although designers want to help, many don’t have the basic information they need to successfully create an application for people with mental health disorders.
Mad*Pow’s Mental Health Design Guidelines
Enter Mad*Pow: my colleague Jen Smerdel and I have been conducting research into the intersection of mental health and UX design. As a first step in sharing our research, we’ve created an infographic to help design for mental health.