Good design benefits health and well-being. This is especially true when it comes to improving the lives of those with mental and behavioral health issues.
Mental illness affects nearly 20 percent of the population. Its impact on the healthcare and justice systems is particularly acute. Nearly one in eight patients arrive at emergency rooms for mental health treatment. Up to 60 percent of incarcerated individuals live with a mental health disorder.
HOK’s designers create safe, nurturing spaces that aid those with mental and behavioral health issues and the people who assist in their care. Based on the latest evidence-based practices, our designs incorporate therapeutic elements such as daylighting, natural materials, warm palettes and access to the outdoors that put people at ease and make them more receptive to treatment and therapy.
The results are award-winning spaces recognized for placing people’s health and well-being above all else.