We need your help to build an environmental design project which could drastically improve the mental health of people in our local area.
We believe that building a Sensory Garden will help our young people and members of the wider community to develop healthier techniques to manage their mental health, without resorting to harmful methods.
Our community in Seacroft, Leeds, has very few green spaces and is in the 10% most deprived areas in the UK, which is why we are asking for this support.
Why we are asking for help
We all know firsthand how the pandemic has affected people across the country – since it began mental health levels have seriously declined.
This is especially the case for young people, who find it more difficult to manage distressing feelings as they are still developing.
How bad is young people’s mental health
- NHS research conducted in July 2020 revealed that 1 in 6 children in England are likely to have a mental health problem, which has increased from 1 in 9 children in 2017.
- Young Minds reports that around two out of three young people say the pandemic will have a long-term effect on their mental health.
- Childline has reported that 45% of counselling sessions are related to emotional wellbeing, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
What can we do about it?
The mental health charity Mind reports that spending time in nature and outside in natural light can help with mental health problems like anxiety and depression.
Our school is in an area with very few green spaces, which means that building a Sensory Garden could make a real difference to our who community.
A dedicated team of Landscape Architecture students from Leeds Beckett University have put in hours of free work to design our ‘Sensory Garden’.
Their proposed plans will cover a 2500m2 space and will be extremely beneficial in helping students handle stress and pressure by providing a calming space where they can reflect, unwind and relax outdoors. The project will have three areas: along with a sensory relaxation area there will also be space for students to be active and an area ideal for extra-curricular learning including an Amphitheatre and an edible garden.
An educational space that includes an edible garden where students can learn how to grow their own fresh produce which can then be sold/given to the local community. An ampi-theatre that can be used to complement the Performing Arts department while providing an opportunity to learn outside, which is proven to be beneficial to mental health.
To support those students who typically default into a 'fight or flight' response when feeling uncomfortable, enabling them to exert feelings of frustration in a positive way helps improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Providing a tranquil environment for students to reflect and self-regulate.
How you can help
Seacroft is one of the most deprived areas in Leeds for Child Poverty and in the 10% most deprived areas in the country, according to official figures.
Anything you can do to help us with this project means you will be making a difference to some of the most vulnerable and deprived families in the country, helping them to improve their mental health.
If you can afford to spare some money – even if it is a couple of pounds – we will be forever grateful.
- Simon O'Grady
- Rebecca Mcneil
- Jenny Higgins
- Jade Wallis
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