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Kirushi Arunthavasothy

Kirushi Arunthavasothy

Product Manager
Auckland, NZ

Kirushi has been active in the startup community since 2014. He has worked with brands like Genesis Energy, Mercury Energy & AT, helping improve their intranet through applying user research and design. 

He joined Clearhead in 2019, and is now leading their core product - he is very passionate about building continuous discovery habits and a strong collaborative culture for his team.

Changing the way we design high risk products to make meaningful impact


New Zealand has a mental health crisis. From January to June 2020, 654 people died of suicide. 50-80% of New Zealanders experience “mental distress or addiction challenges” at some point in their lives, while each year, one in five people experience “mental illness or significant mental distress”.

This is the journey of how the Government and a Start Up joined forces to reimagine the way we build and engage users in mental wellbeing products. It’s a story about balancing the complexities of Government with the need to rethink the way we design health products. Along the way, we explored disciplines beyond product design, from education to game design, and how dark design principles can be used for good.

This is all part of our starting point to change how New Zealanders will experience mental distress.

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