Today we have held a co-creation workshop in Action Mental Health Newtonards where we have shared very insightful ideas about how to design conversational technologies for mental health.
The idea behind co-creation is not to design technology for its prospective users but with them. This enables people who can benefit from the technology to make a creative contribution in its formulation and design in equal collaboration with the researchers and members of the MENHIR team.
The conversational system will not be developed from a deficit approach, but to recognize the growth of people. Through co-creation, people with mental ill health are not perceived as passive recipients of the technology, but as equal partners in its design.
You can learn more about this idea here: http://designforeurope.eu/what-co-design