In Partnership with Snook

Design Patterns for Mental Health

How can we create a platform that aggregates and makes mental health service best practices actionable?

Partners and Funders

The Challenge

The World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the leading cause of disease burden by 2030. Today, mental health problems already exact a greater toll than tuberculosis, cancer, or heart disease. 

In recent years, there has been an explosion of mental health and wellbeing apps that are being endorsed by health providers – both public and private – across the globe. There are also plenty of best practices out there for mental health services at large, but no platform to aggregate and make those practices actionable.

The Outcome

We are creating a free, public domain set of patterns for the design and delivery of services that address mental-health needs. We hope that these patterns will support policymakers, researchers, and designers in building effective multi-channel products and services that are truly meaningful to people.

In phase 1, we are building a pattern library for digital mental health products and a global network of researchers and practitioners. In phase 2, we will create a platform that continually connects and catalyzes theory and practice for both in-person and remote mental health services.

This project is led by PPL and Snook, a U.K.-based service design consultancy. If you’d like to get involved as a funder or contributor or to stay in-the-loop, please fill out this form.


To explore the pattern library concept, we built an early-stage prototype website with four pattern examples. You can check out the phase 1 library prototype, see our project partners, and learn about our process through the Design Patterns for Mental Health website.


Project Team

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Kacia Ng
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Sophia Dalal