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A Better Bedroom for mental health patients

A Better Bedroom for mental health patients

The design of adult mental health bedrooms has been put under the spotlight as mock units are created to encourage fresh thinking among healthcare architects and product suppliers.

The Better Bedroom Initiative was launched by the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) and brings together the latest best practice to ensure that in the future adult mental health service users benefit from modern, homely environments that aid recovery.

The first of two concept bedrooms is currently being exhibited at Britplas’s factory in Warrington with the aim of sparking innovation and encouraging more thought among suppliers and commissioners.

Jenny Gill, who is leading the initiative on behalf of the DIMHN, told BBH “The environments in which mental health treatment is delivered are not always conducive to recovery. Nine times out of 10 people with mental health problems are not suffering from a physical illness that requires hospital treatment, so we are trying to create a safe environment that strikes that balance between being safe and secure, with things like anti ligature fixtures and fittings, but one that is also pleasant to be in and as such aids recovery and reduces length of stay.”

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