Sydney Vending Machine Dispenses Treats for Your Mental Health
A vending machine doesn't need to dispense junk food to satisfy a craving. As Mashable reports, a new service in Sydney, Australia offers users neatly packaged items inspired by concepts like "purpose," "friendship," and "spontaneity."
Designed to promote mental health awareness in an unexpected way, Intangible Goods is a temporary installation for the City of Sydney’s Art & About Sydney program. The unique vending machine is a collaboration between artists Elizabeth Commandeur and Mark Starmach and mental health professionals Barbara LeBas, Tim Sharp, and Charlotte Stapf.
Vending machine visitors have several options to choose from. If they're feeling isolated, they might select "belonging." If they're feeling stressed, they might opt for "chill." Each colorful package contains a product designed to treat that specific emotional need, like origami stars, pencils, maps, and notes.
“We live in a society where, for most of us, our physical needs are largely met, but often our emotional and psychological lives go unfed,” Starmach explained in a statement.
Though you can't put a price on happiness, the items cost $2 a pop. All proceeds go to mental health organizations.