Coping Schools

Title: Branding and illustrative content for UniSA Coping Schools program

Designer: Margie Kenny

Client and Author of Program: Clinical Psychologist and UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman

Materials produced: Branding and PowerPoint presentation for training modules

 

Coping Schools forms part of a suite of products developed for health professionals, parents and students for the suicide prevention program ‘Care Collaborate Connect’ developed by Clinical Psychologist and UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman. The branding and illustrative content developed by Margie Kenny for the program aimed to increase student engagement through effective communication design of the concepts and processes and would be measured through student feedback after a program trial.

The branding and cartoon illustrations for Coping Schools make a connection between the psychological underpinnings of the program and each learner’s experience and point of view. The branding focusses on peer support and is graphically positioned within the broader context of the previously established Care Collaborate Connect communication design. The generic nature of the illustrations allows for representation of different age groups and aims to be relatively non-specific in culture and gender, whilst being relatable, engaging and reassuring.

Pilot data with Year 8 students showed that one month after the lessons, students reported significant improvements in coping self-efficacy and reduced psychological distress. Most students said they enjoyed the program and 70% said other students would find it helpful or very helpful.

Coping Schools brandingdeveloped in 2018 by Margie Kenny (Designer and UniSA Communication Design Lecturer) in collaboration with Clinical Psychologist and UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman to identify the school component of the Care Collaborate Connect (left) suicide prevention program. 

Coping Schools cartoons and diagramsdeveloped in 2018/2019 by Margie Kenny (Designer and UniSA Communication Design Lecturer) working in collaboration with Clinical Psychologist and UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman. From left to right, scenario cartoons (Problem Solving Module), identifying and coping with emotions (Coping Module), and a diagram/animation (Coping Module) comparing brain activity in response to an event – immediate emotional/reactive response and slower strategic/coping response.

Coping Schools cartoons and PowerPoint pages developed in 2018/2019 by Margie Kenny (Designer and UniSA Communication Design Lecturer) working in collaboration with Clinical Psychologist and UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman to teach the 3-module suicide prevention program (encompassing Coping, Healthy Behaviours and Problem Solving) to school students.