MIT Design Lab
Team of 4
Our project, 'LightLounge', is a public lounge with therapy light that allows citizens to compensate the lack of sunlight during dim winter days. LightLounge's main goal is to tackle seasonal depression and bring the mental healthcare to a publicly accessible level.
- What is our definition of a caring city?
- How can we use light in an innovative way as a medium of a caring city?
- A working prototype of a LightLounge model
- Screen prototype for the kiosk
People who live further north in the northern hemisphere are often familiar with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the “winter blues” or “winter depression”. SAD is a mood disorder in which people who usually have normal mental health experience depressive symptoms as the seasons change.
SAD affects people both mentally and physically. The lack of sunlight causes 3 major issues, which can lead to severe follow-up problems.
About two-thirds of people with major depression never seek appropriate treatment from different causes. The reasons for this include social stigma, mistaking it for temporary sadness or believing they could snap out of it after some time.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Vitamin D Deficiency
- Nitric Oxide (NO) Deficiency