ON COVID AND MENTAL HEALTH
The physical and mental impact of the lockdown brings disruptions in our everyday life. Research suggests that the pandemic will affect everyone’s mental wellbeing, particularly vulnerable groups such as children .
Holmes, E A et al (2020) Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science (PDF). Lancet Psychiatry
Our idea has started with a question about a game to be played both indoors and outdoors, away from any computer screen, a game that can be played with a partner(s) but at the same time keeping social distance.
We came up with table tennis, an Olympic sport, and also found in parks or outdoor public spaces. It helps not only mentally but also physically, and it does not have a steep learning curve.
The symbolic idea behind the project is that although we need to stay physically distant, we are staying together, forming a team to combat any challenge. We succeed in this, by designing messages onto the rackets, but most importantly by turning the table into an interactive one, and adding a score keeper that instead of counting a score between players that compete, it keeps a common score of a mutual achievement.