SALUS is a full body interactive chair designed to help young adults cope more adaptively with depressive symptoms and anxiety brought by the Covid-19 lockdown measures. 
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PROJECT DETAILS
PROJECT TYPE:
Industrial Designer, Solo Project

START DATE:
Sep 2020 - Apr 2021
PROJECT BRIEF
The design concept must afford the usage or interactions with a minimum of 3 major external body-part areas. Major body-part areas are defined as the following: Head, neck, arms, shoulders, back region, lumbar region, and legs.​​​​​​​
THE TOPIC
How might we cope more adaptively with depressive symptoms?
In recent years, the rate of depression has been increasing in young adults and continues to grow. Approximately 800,000 people lose their life to suicide every year, making it the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29-year olds. With the rise of the covid-19 pandemic and lockdown measures implemented, the rate of depression has grown even further.​​​​​​​
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Substance abuse, major traumatic events, and changes in life stages are all common triggers for depression and anxiety. However, maladaptive coping methods such as excessive overthinking, withdrawal, and avoiding help are proven to be the primary causes. This is especially true in young adults where these traits are more common than any other age group.
PRELIMINARY RESEARCH​​​​​​​
PRELIMINARY SURVEY: 
A preliminary survey was sent out to 32 young adults between the ages of 21-29. The survey was done to see which coping methods young adults with depression used.
Participants with Clinical Depression: 6
Participants with depression (self diagnosed + clinical): 17
All Participants: 32​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
SURVEY RESULTS: 
Answers for question 11: Which of these options would you say helped the most?
According to the survey both exercise & talking to a loved one were the most common and helpful coping mechanisms.
ADVISOR INTERVIEW

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