Designing better mental healthcare facilities

‘Borders and boundaries’ matter to service-users

A new Design in Mental Health Network guide to designing ‘with borders and boundaries in mind’ was unveiled on the first day of August’s DiMH 2021 conference at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Dedicated sections discuss topics ranging from ‘Design with borders & boundaries in mind’, ‘The symbolic and psychological significance of doors and borders’, and ‘Designing the central hub of a ward’, to ‘Using outside spaces to break down the boundaries of hospital care’. As The Network’s editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports, Borders & Boundaries is the sixth Design With People in Mind booklet from the DiMHN, and, like its predecessors, draws on a range of research, study, and real-life evidence, as well as service-user/staff experience.

Speaking in a conference session on 24 August, at which the Network’s Chair, Philip Ross, and Richard Hardy of the BRE, also discussed the work that had gone into the joint DiMHN and BRE Informed Choices guide to testing the performance and robustness of many of the most common hardware components used in mental health settings, Paula Reavey – Professor of Psychology

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