Design in Mental Health 2018 event preview

tuneable dynamic lighting’ integrated from the project’s outset.


This year’s after dinner speaker, Jacqui Dillon, has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, abuse, psychosis, dissociation, and healing.

In that role he has set up a service-user experience monitoring unit, led reconfiguration of acute care and rehabilitation, and the modernisation of the acute and crisis care pathways, and initiated the development of NICE-recommended personality disorder services within the community. He chaired the first NICE guidelines on the management of schizophrenia, and the first National Quality Standard (Dementia) for NICE. He has also published numerous articles and papers.

‘AESTHETIC SPACE’ After a coffee break, the pre-lunch session will focus on ‘Aesthetic space’. Among the speakers will be James Christian, one of the founders of Projects Office, a young architecture and design studio in Whitechapel, who also teaches Interior Architecture at Middlesex University, addressing the topic, ‘Seaspray and sofas: designing spaces for good mental health for young people’. Marjolein van der Zwaag, a PhD Scientist at Philips Lighting, will then present on a series of interventions implemented during the renovation of a psychiatric ward at Norrlands University Hospital in Umeå, Sweden. Under a public-private collaboration between Philips Healthcare and Västerbotten County Council a pilot project set out to test new solutions that could improve the existing environment and provide better patient care. Alongside ‘a new spatial design’ using zoning in the floor to give patients the choice of ‘being alone in a public space, alone together, or together’, the project also harnessed Philips Lighting’s expertise – to foster mood and sleep, with ‘innovative,

Philips Lighting said: “Following a natural rhythm, the lighting is very bright, with a cool colour temperature, in the morning, to improve mood and energy levels, while in the evening it becomes warmer and dims, to prepare service- users for bed, and help improve sleep.” Other speakers in the session will include Sarah Atayero, an aspiring clinical psychologist and recent psychology graduate from King’s College London, who read for an MSc in Affective Disorders, and joined the Eileen Skellern 1 PICU ward at London’s Maudsley Hospital last autumn as a clinical support worker. Currently on secondment as an activities coordinator on the ward, part of her role entails helping service- users with creative activities such as music and dance, art therapy, and meditation. Last to speak in this session will be Tim Shaw, an artist working in installation, painting, and sculpture, who co- founded and runs arts and mental health charity, Hospital Rooms. The charity ‘commissions museum quality artists to create inventive, compelling, and compliant environments and artworks for mental health units’. Tim Shaw will speak in tandem with curator, Niamh White.

A LOOK AT ‘THE THERAPEUTIC SETTING’ After lunch, a ‘Therapeutic Space’ session will see Tara Morrey, a PhD researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, BACP accredited therapist, and lecturer in Counselling at Newman University, discuss her current research using an ethnographic approach at the University of Birmingham. This is exploring how therapists and clients experience the therapeutic setting and therapeutic space in psychotherapy. Catherine Helliker, Research and Development manager for danfloor UK, will then discuss her recent research ‘into the positive ways in which carpet can enhance the healing environment’. Amir Rasheed, director, Clinical Planning and Capital Projects, at the British Columbia Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Canada, will then describe his work leading the clinical planning of a ‘state-of- the-art’ facility for clients with complex mental health and substance use issues.

HOW NATURAL SPACE AIDS RECOVERY The Therapeutic Space session will be followed by a ‘Q&A’ session and coffee break, after which the conference’s final session will focus on ‘Natural Space’. Speakers will include Helen

The annual DIMH Awards Dinner is both an opportunity to recognise excellence, and a great networking forum.

Kane, who runs Access Included, an RICS/NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants) practice based in Cardiff and London which specialises in increasing wellbeing and productivity for building users. Helen Kane’s presentation will look at ‘10 ways to reduce mental health absence rates – light, space and inclusive design’. The conference’s final speaker Jeremy Parker, a board director at Birmingham- based landscape and urban design practice, FIRA Landscape, will discuss the positive impact that parks and open spaces can have on physical and mental health and wellbeing, a year and a half after a Department of Communities and Local Government report highlighted the threat to such spaces.

DINNER AND AWARDS The 2018 Design in Mental Health Awards Dinner, on 15 May at the National Conference Centre, will see awards presented in six categories: l Collaborative Estates & Facilities Team. l Product Innovation of the Year. l Service User Engagement. l Architect of the Year. l Project of the Year. l Art Installation of the Year.

This year’s after-dinner speaker, Dr Jacqui Dillon, is a respected activist, writer, and speaker, and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, abuse, psychosis, dissociation, and healing. The national chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England, she is an Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, Visiting Research Fellow at The Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University, and a member of the Advisory Board at The Collaborating Centre for Values- Based Practice in Health and Social Care at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University. The co-editor of three books, and numerous articles and papers, her experiences of surviving childhood abuse and subsequent experiences of using psychiatric services inform her work. She is ‘an outspoken advocate and campaigner for trauma-informed approaches to madness and distress’. In 2017, the University of East London conferred on her an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology in recognition of her services to mental health.

Other speakers at the Design in Mental Health 2018 conference will include Sarah Atayero, James Christian, Tony Pollintine, and Andrea Harman.

l For more information on the Design in Mental Health 2018 Conference, Exhibition, Awards, and Dinner, visit T: 01892 518877, or email



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