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Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox


Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one of five adults in the U.S. each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk that psychological harm may occur during care. Providing these patients with a healing, therapeutic environment should be an important goal for health design. Design interventions aimed at improving the psychological well-being of patients with BMH comorbidities may be more cost-effective than they initially appear, because they can be leveraged to support improved well-being for other populations as well, including other patients, staff, and visitors. 

To assist healthcare organizations, architects, designers, suppliers and others involved in the planning, design and construction of healthcare spaces, The Center has created a Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox containing a library of newly-created and Center staff-curated content - research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources.

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The New Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox Contains:


Two Issue Briefs and Executive Summaries

  •  “Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: More than Just Safety”, in this executive summary and issue brief you will learn about the prevalence of behavioral and mental health conditions as comorbidities; design strategies for promoting psychological wellness; and a systematic benefit analysis approach to meet the psychological needs of all. 
  • "Memory Care: The Intersection of Aging and Mental Health", an executive summary and issue brief, outlines the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, including those living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and how thoughtful design can reduce stress assoiciated with declining physical abilities, memory loss, and care provision.  

Five Written Interviews


Three Video Interviews with Jeffrey Mural, AIA, EDAC


One Project Brief

Two Design Tools

Twenty One Online Courses (EBD Journal Clubs, Webinars, & Podcasts)

Six EDAC Advocate Firm Case Studies

One Blog

Related Resources

Lessons Learned 

  • Lessons Learned about Behavioral and Mental Health, this list has been compiled based on research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview of behavioral and mental health (BMH).  


Design Strategies 


Virtual Workshops 

Product/Project Innovation Highlights

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