Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being

Austin Coll & Dana Gerlitz
How Might We...
encourage the growth of community based mental health support systems to decrease the burden on the healthcare system?


The World Health Organization defines positive mental health as a state in which “an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”


Unfortunately, positive mental health is not a reality for an increasing number of people, and accessing support in times of need can be incredibly challenging. In large part, these difficulties stem from an overburdened healthcare system that is not equipped to serve the needs of mental health concerns the same way it serves physical ailments. The aim of this systems map is to display the touchpoints and interactions within and between phases that an individual would typically go through while seeking mental health treatment. The problem lies in the barriers that exist between phases, which prevents forward action towards improving and maintaining positive mental health.

Austin Coll

The betterment of mental health in our communities is a problem that is very close to me. I think it’s absolutely crucial that everyone is able to maintain balance in their mental health and have the ability to easily access help without barriers when they need it most. Through this project, I hope to show some of the gaps and opportunities for creating a more synergistic approach to improving education, natural support and professional care in our communities.

Dana Gerlitz

Mental health is important to me because it affects how people think, feel and behave in their everyday lives. It also affects the way people cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships and recover from life’s setbacks. As a university student, I think it’s super important to understand mental health and to make sure students have their mental health under control.