Healing Environments: How do places and spaces play a role in how we feel and heal?

02/12/2021 11:00 am to 02/12/2021 12:15 pm

Event Details



The Healthy Happy Places programme is delighted to be showcasing perspectives from mental health, architecture and urban planning to explore why the built environment matters when thinking about mental health and wellbeing. The design of buildings and the shaping of public spaces in the places we live, work and play contribute to our lived experiences, how we feel, and have the power to promote or stifle wellbeing and recovery.

The Healthy Happy Places programme is funded by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and is being delivered as a partnership initiative on behalf of the Integrated Care System for the North East and North Cumbria (ICS NENC) to develop a multi-sector approach for supporting and creating mental health and wellbeing through the built environment.



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The slides for the event can be viewed here:

Healing Environments, 2 Dec Slidedeck


If you’d like more information or would like to chat about the Healthy Happy Places programme we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Rachel Turnbull [email protected]


Trauma Informed Care Network

ICS website

15 steps challenge

15 minute neighbourhoods

1 minute neighbourhoods

Design in Mental Health Network

Architects for Health

Medical Architecture


Short videos about the Nightingale project work with artists in hospitals:

Project with the late architect and artist Will Alsop

Hospital work with illustrator Jane Ray

And with Quentin again


Due to the nature of the topic area presented we also wanted to include some helpline numbers below. If you feel you have been personally affected by anything discussed, please reach out.

Survivors Trust  08088 010818

Samaritans 116 123

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) 0808 801 0331

Combat Stress for Veterans Mental Health 0800 138 1619

  • Buildings Speak to Us: The need for trauma informed environments – Dr Khadj Rouf (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust) and Dr Nick Rhodes (Principal Clinical Psychologist, Harrow Community Mental Health Service) will share their experiences of the impact of environments for people who are receiving treatment for mental health conditions.
  • The power of architecture to heal – Christopher Shaw (Founder of Medical Architecture) will give an overview of the elements of building design which can mediate our experiences and influence our emotional health.
  • Hostile vs Healing Public Spaces – Tim Crawshaw (International Planning and Development Consultant) will share a planning perspective on the effects of the wider urban environment and how design can impact on whether spaces are interpreted as healing or hostile.