Mental Health

Why Design is Integral to Mental Health Services


On behalf of the Design in Mental Health Network, Alex Caruso explains how designing facilities appropriately can improve safety and patient outcomes, as well as benefit the mental health of patients.


“During the refurbishment of parts of an existing learning disabilities centre a few years ago, in the background at every site visit, I could always hear one of the residents in distress. The area where the works were being carried out was not connected to the residents’ area and I was surprised to find, in an environment where noise is one of the biggest stressors, how easily the sound travelled to different parts of the building. A few years after, on the same campus, I was involved in the design of a new building to replace the old facility.”

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