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Behavioral & Mental Health

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 of psychological harm associated with 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. 

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EBD Journal Club
May 2017 EBD Journal Club

Bayramzadeh, S. (2017). An assessment of levels of safety in psychiatric units. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(2), 66-80.

EDAC Advocate Firm Project
November 2016 EDAC Advocate Firm Project

The goal of this project was to challenge the aesthetic typically associated with a forensic detention facility and support the client’s healing process by using color to enhance the environment and improve the staff work environment.

EDAC Advocate Firm Project
January 2017 EDAC Advocate Firm Project

The goal of this project was to embody integration and openness, to provide a safe and welcoming environment for long-term mental health patients, and to promote healing and independence for patients in their recovery journeys.

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