Designing Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities: Psychological, Social, and Cultural Issues

Kathryn H. Anthony, Kelly McCaffrey

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter considers the role of the physical environment in mental and behavioral health from various perspectives. After presenting a brief overview of the prevalence of mental health issues, it examines environmental characteristics of suicide hotspots; a comparison of how and where two American First Ladies spanning a century apart were treated for mental health issues; how popular media such as film and television portray mental health care facilities; a comparison of inpatient, residential, and outpatient mental health care facilities; the importance of design features found in inpatient and outpatient offices in influencing clients’ perceptions; exemplary designs for mental health care facilities; special concerns relating to mental health care facilities for women veterans, college students, and persons with eating disorders; and how technology, globalization, and migration affect future trends toward mental health care treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Psychology and Human Well-Being
Subtitle of host publicationEffects of Built and Natural Settings
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780128114810
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Architectural design
  • Award-winning mental health care facility design
  • Built environment
  • Inpatient design
  • Mental health care
  • Outpatient design
  • Therapeutic milieu
  • Therapy office

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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