Exploring the future of mental health services

MaRS and the Centre for Addiction and Mental (CAMH) hosted 40 mental health services leaders on May 23, 2014 for a reverse archaeology look into the future, a peek into what our lives could look like through the objects in our most private and intimates spaces – bathroom cabinets in the year 2034.

Chris McCarthy, innovation lead at Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy and director of The Innovation Learning Network (ILN) kicked off the workshop with a demonstration of what can be accomplished with innovation within healthcare settings.

The workshop was designed to explore new types of mental health services and models without participants being held back by assumptions about how the system must be. Generally held assumptions like: digital/virtual services cannot replace face-to-face services, mental health issues must be kept private, public perceptions of people with mental health issues will take a long time to change. After discussing four possible versions of the future, participants were asked to create physical objects that embodied the impact of the mental health services system on individuals and their families.

The results: thought-provoking, inspiring, and eerie.

Read more about the workshop – the reverse archaeology process, the future scenarios and the contents of these bathroom cabinets in Josina Vink’s blog article here.