Design in Mental Health returns in May

Now in its fifth year, the event awaits its biggest audience to date of architects, contractors and their clients on the 16-17 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Design in Mental Health focuses on creating therapeutic environments in mental health facilities that are safe and secure for patients. The event consists of the Design in Mental Health Network’s annual conference and an exhibition that showcases the latest product innovations designed for mental health facilities and the challenging envi- ronments within them.

The conference

The annual conference is the ideal focused forum for architects who will be deliver- ing the country’s next generation of mental health facilities.

Day 1 of the event will include leading speakers from the House of Lords, Department of Health, the National Mental Health Task Force, Architects for Health and Procure 22 as well as organi- sations led by NHS employees focused on Psychiatric Intensive Care (NAPICU) and fire safety (NAHFO).

Day 2 will focus on the Design in Mental Health Network’s work in creat- ing design standards and creating standards for product testing, alongside sessions focused on CAMHS environments and the use of technology in the patient environment.

The exhibition

Design in Mental Health is also the plat- form for the launch of a variety of new and innovative products for the sector each year. The exhibition hall will be full of creative solutions to the problems faced by show visitors and delegates. Many of the products showcased at the event annually are born from discussions that have taken place at the event in previous years, so delegates this year are encouraged to share their experiences and the problems they face.

Design in Mental Health Awards

The Design in Mental Health Awards recognise outstanding work in the design of mental health facilities, innovation
in product design and outstanding collaboration between project teams and patients in mental health units. The black tie event provides a great opportunity for delegates and visitors to network with a drink in hand and discuss the topics of the day, while also celebrating the success of their peers.

This year’s guest speaker will be Jonny Benjamin MBE, an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, writer and ‘vlogger’, who will recount the story behind his notable documentary ‘Stranger on the Bridge’.