Patients design room at Royal London Hospital to help those struggling with mental health issues

Users of the 'Hope Wall', who helped design the room. Picture: Barts Health

Users of the 'Hope Wall', who helped design the room. Picture: Barts Health - Credit: Archant

A room designed to help people with mental health issues has opened at the Royal London Hospital.

The room, which opened on Tuesday, contains a ‘Hope Wall’ - a piece of artwork designed by users and artist Mike Miles.

It features messages from people who’ve struggled with mental health issues but have since recovered.

Rikke Albert, from the East London Foundation Trust, said: “Our project acknowledges the vital role environment plays when supporting people in mental distress.

“Service users were involved in the project from the beginning and were a driving force behind its design and messages. The work not only symbolises hope but shows the impact the can be made when physical and mental health organisations collaborate and work together.”

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The room, which was once a dreary, clinical area, is now seen as a peaceful and comforting place for those with mental health issues. The artist and project were commissioned by Vital Arts, which delivers arts programmes for patients and staff at Barts Health Trust.

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