As the funding gap in the NHS increases year on year, the need for cost saving healthcare solutions becomes increasingly prioritised to help ease pressure. With 40% of costs on workforce, we will see a huge reduction in the number of those working in healthcare. This paired with Mental Health cases rising exponentially year on year since 2020, how will our Mental Health Services change 10 years from now? And what will they look like in 2030?
Warped Mutualism proposes a potential future of our services called Plugged. With the user constantly monitored and medicated by the home via AI powered systems, it removes the need for Health workers, saving costs by automating every aspect of care. It asks us to think and question the future presented and combines Speculative Design with Participatory workshops. By viewing this future, can we build a conversation about what we want and do not want our future Mental Health services to look like? And can we design the policy needed to achieve those ideals as a society?