Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Whilst it's a topic that's consistently at the forefront of conversations at Safehinge Primera, it's so important to have days like today to raise awareness, platform the support available and provoke action.
This year's theme, as outlined by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’. It highlights the difference we can make to those experiencing a suicidal crisis - and it made us stop and reflect.
In mental health inpatient environments, people are at a very vulnerable time. Often, they have reached crisis point. 51% of ligature-based suicides occur on doors or door hardware. The default solution is to develop doors that physically prevent ligatures, and whilst these are fundamental, what are they doing to prevent patients' feelings leading up to that decision?
Credit: Hospital Rooms
Introducing art into the bedroom
We're all greatly affected by our surroundings. They can have a profound impact on our mood, thoughts and feelings. At Design in Mental Health 2021, we listened to a number of experts by experience including Kenita Watson, James Leadbitter and David Parkin, reinforce this.
Art has the power to transform and humanise any harsh clinical environment, and so it gives us great pride to have partnered with arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms.
By printing original Hospital Rooms artworks onto our award-winning en-suite doors, we're combining safety with expression, choice and creativity.
In addition to our existing range of prints available for our en-suite doors, <RBAY/\VBS> by Charley Peters and Flags and Flares by Tim A Shaw have been added.
Thank you once again to both Charley and Tim. We've already received hugely positive feedback on the designs and really believe that these designs will go a long way in helping to create therapeutic spaces for recovery.
Are you or someone you know struggling? You're not alone. Support is out there - you just have to reach out: https://findahelpline.com/i/iasp