Research, concept, design:
Bjorn De Wit
Anke van Asbroeck
“Alles om gelukkig te zijn” (Dutch for ‘Everything to be happy’)
Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It’s the leading cause of disability worldwide and at its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with depression.
In order to weaken the stereotypes and misconceptions towards depression, the experience of depression itself was used as a method for people to understand the disorder. The “AOGTZ” experience demonstrates the effects of depression, using objects and soundscapes. During the experience, people listen to the story of a woman who looks back to her period of depression. The stories were recorded with people who have had actual experiences with depression. The objects affect each of the senses in an attempt to replicate many of the challenges faced by depression sufferers and their relatives.
The experience enables society to better understand depression beyond what informational websites, books or flyers could explain. The empathy and understanding of others means the world to depressed people and their families. Depression is a complex problem, but only deeper understanding of the problem will get us closer to a solution.
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Oct 2018: Diploma Selection – Designblok International Design Festival, Prague, CZ
Oct 2018: We are the next generation - Week van het ontwerpen, Kortrijk, BE
Oct 2018: LUX, LUCA Showcase - Cas-co, Leuven, BE
Sept 2018: LuForm meets RECIPROCITY - LuForm, Aachen, DE
Jun 2018: EXIT – Graduation show, CCHA Hasselt, BE
Jun 2018: Masters Productdesign – Graduation show, LUCA School Of Arts, Genk, BE