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COVER PICTURE: The DIMH Project of the Year Award 2018 went to a new sensory room at the Maudsley Hospital, designed in collaboration with Mike Ayres Design. Features include a ‘bubble tube’, rainbow light bars, a large projector, DVDs of relaxing scenes, a tactile wall, ‘liquid floor tiles’, a fibre optic ‘cloud’, and a padded ‘punching corner’.
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With the impact of this year’s conference and exhibition still reverberating, the call for conference papers is already live for Design In Mental Health 2019. In May, our speakers at this year’s national conference addressed issues which have been raised for attention at previous years’ events. Notable examples include recognising the importance of acoustics, ways of systematic post-occupancy evaluation, and using post-project review as evidence. Exhibitors showed innovative products and features geared to today’s need for value, efficiency, safety, and energy saving. Above all, we saw and heard about increasing emphasis on how products and designs should be kinder to us as human beings. For example, the carpets that meet standards for infection control are still, well, carpets. These ideas remind us of the strengths of our annual event. It is among the ways that help us reconnect with the most important of our core purposes – that is to champion the voice of people actually using and experiencing mental health environments in their lives. Inspirational comments and ideas emerged from delegates’ discussions with speakers following their presentations. The dialogue continued over the breaks among the exhibition stands. Katharine Lazenby, an artist working with the charity, Hospital Rooms (see also pages 8 and 22), brought this into focus saying ‘... spaces that fail to consider the experience of the patient, that are neglected and lack attention to detail, can begin to mirror the feelings of hopelessness and depression that a patient in crisis may be struggling with’.
10 Creativity and innovation in six areas showcased This year’s Design in Mental Health Awards celebrated excellence in six categories, and saw an impassioned after-dinner speech by Dr Jacqui Dillon, an activist, writer, and speaker, who suffered childhood abuse, and now lectures worldwide on trauma, abuse, psychosis, dissociation, and healing.
16 Workstreams’ activities set out in detail In an opening session at May’s DIMH 2018 conference, leads and members of the DIMHN workstreams outlined the goals of their workstream, and some of the ambitious and potentially far-reaching activities that each is undertaking.
21 A wide-ranging look at the priorities and goals Giving a keynote speech at Design in Mental Health 2018, NHS England’s national clinical director for Mental Health reported on progress made, and goals yet to be met, on mental health provision in England in line with the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
25 Working toward unified product testing Philip Ross, who leads the Network’s Testing & Innovation stream, reports on the ongoing joint work by the DIMHN and the Building Research Establishment to develop and launch product testing standards for some of the key products used in mental healthcare settings.
29 Expert care for mothers facing mental ill health Exeter-based Grainge Architects was last summer appointed to design one of four new Mother & Baby Units commissioned by the NHS in England to allow women needing mental healthcare to stay with their babies while receiving the care they need.
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Taking a person-centered approach Journal of the Design in Mental Health Network
Our conference committee and board will continue working together with members, exhibitors, and speakers. We aim to respond to these challenges with renewed enthusiasm over the coming year. Another reminder of the importance of this task came from Jacqui Dillon, chair of the Hearing Voices Network (see pages 10-13). She addressed our awards ceremony with an open and traumatic account of her personal journey. It was disturbing to hear how, as a young person, her experience of being abused was compounded by professionals in institutions. When she told them about it, they dismissed it as a symptom of illness. The effects of the way care is delivered and the environment in which this happens have a common denominator. It is the person experiencing them. This is where we should collaborate, through co-production, if we are to make an impact. Katharine Lazenby again: ‘Those of us who have received mental health care, who have spent time as inpatients – sometimes many months – have valuable insights and perspectives to offer about what does and doesn’t help, where improvements could be made, and how policies, plans, and designs, actually feel in practice’. Joe Forster President
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