Giorgia Lupi

Imaging Mental Health in America

In creating the first visualization for RAND Art + Data, Giorgia Lupi was inspired by connectome brain imaging, which is used to map neural pathways. This technique produces beautiful, polychromatic images of the human brain.

Lupi calls this custom illustration “intentionally narrative and non-linear.” She hopes that readers spend time with the visualization, “exploring and reflecting on the various issues it raises for mental health and mental health care.”

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A visualization depicts neural pathways of the human brain (similar to that produced via connectome imaging) and statistics higlighting the state of mental health care in America

Giorgia Lupi's “Imaging Mental Health in America” illustrates key numbers and forces animating the discussion about mental health care today.

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Tens of millions of Americans go without the mental health support that they need. But in recent years, encouraging trends suggest that the U.S. mental health system may be ready for a transformation. Such a shift would involve addressing persistent barriers such as a lack of community-based supports and disparities in quality of care.

In a recent study, RAND researchers sought to understand how to transform mental health care in America, interviewing mental health experts and conducting a comprehensive review of scientific literature. Then, they identified structural reforms that could help patients find, access, and receive high-quality mental health treatment—potentially improving the lives and health of millions of people.

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    Transforming the U.S. Mental Health System

    The United States is at a time of promise for historic transformation in mental health care. This report describes the landscape of mental health in the United States, identifies opportunities for change, and makes evidence-based recommendations for a path forward.

About Giorgia Lupi

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Giorgia Lupi is an information designer and partner at the international design consultancy Pentagram. In her practice, she challenges the impersonality of data, designing engaging visual narratives that reconnect numbers to what they stand for: stories, people, ideas.

Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and her TED talk on her humanistic approach to data has over one million views. She has published two books, Dear Data and Observe, Collect, Draw! A Visual Journal.

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