Equilibrium—Graduation Project

Equilibrium was conceived in the final year of college, as my graduation project. The app seeks to provide mental health resources to those in need and connect people seeking aid to professional caregivers. At the same time, it tries to create a platform for those that struggle with mental health issues, where they could tap into shared experiences, and at its simplest—be able to talk to someone.

The creation of the concept itself was a painstaking process, as it is tough to navigate a turf as sensitive as mental health. Despite the tricky nature of the project, I wanted to see this through not only for those in my life that struggled with such issues, but also because it might be able to give someone in need some respite through the creation of a safe space in a society fraught with stigma and misconception.

The Topic.

Whether or not we are aware of it, design affects the way we interact with our environment and with ourselves—from industrial, automotive to communication design, good designers have all understood the need to connect their creation back to the basics of human engagements.

In mental health, design seeks to create the best possible and easily accessible services that not only serve to bridge the gaps between communities and mental health institutions but also eventually be a one stop solution for clients.

mental health mind map

Key Questions.

How can we help users verbalise their problems?

How can we help users not feel isolated and alienated?

How can we provide users with immediate stress/anxiety relief?

How can we help users reach out for professional help?

The Target Audience.

Ages: 15-25

Teenager to Young Professional

Gender: Any

No discrimination, Inclusive of All

Added focus on the Queer Community

Education Level: English Speaker

Income Level: Smartphone Owner

Equilibrium aims to be a fully LGBT+ friendly space, providing tailored services to the LGBT+ community.

illustration of target audience avatars

The Concept

Photo showing a diagram of the goals of the project

Users connect through similar topics of interest.
All messages are moderated, and sensitive content has warnings.

Idea is for people to share their stories and experiences with people that may have had similar experiences.

This can help people not feel alone or isolated and help them realise that other people have been through similar things.

All of these concepts have worked wonders individually, imagine them presented in a consolidated and curated experience.

Improve not Invent.

Mental Health Interventions require Subtlety.

Photo showing the application screens of Equilibrium

The App


The use of playful colors and typography is attributed towards an attempt to avoid creating a “hospital-like environment”. Illustrations are also used, so as to avoid showing real people facing any problems.

Photo showing the typography and colors used in the application's design
Photo showing the basic navigation of the application

Photo showing the Support Group Interface, including the chat screen and trigger warnings
Photo showing the different activities available in the application

Photo showing how the application helps users connect to professional help

Passive Symptom Tracking

This is a form of digital intervention that monitors social interactions, movements and behaviours,vocal tone/speed, facial mood recognition passively at different times of the day using smartphone sensors and monitoring texts.

The global positioning system (GPS) functionality of most smartphones can be leveraged to locate the patient geographically in case of urgency due to the unpredictable symptoms of some conditions. So while an application cannot entirely replace the clinician, it can most definitely aid the mental health sector in quickening the process of seeking help. In Equilibrium, Passive Symptom Tracking will create an alert asking the client about seeking professional help.

This is the end product of identifying behaviour patterns in the customer consensually through the key words they use or the kind of content that they access. The overall goal is to be able to judge the user’s real-time state of mind. If there is a drastic change in an individual’s behaviour, the application will detect this.

For example, if there is a certain pattern that X individual follows on the application like watching an ASMR video every night and other specificities, while prior to having anxiety episodes the individual is patterned for wanting to talk on sensitive support groups, send triggering details in chats and be online beyond a certain time on the application - this information can help in predicting an episode on a later date.

The App doesn’t replace a mental health professional, but it connects the user with the appropriate caregivers when needed.

Equilibrium is simply a band-aid on the problems we face here and now, it’s not a long term healing medium.