Storying Sheffield

Stories of mental health recovery and the urban environment

Liz Evered is studying for an MA in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. She is researching mental health recovery and the urban environment, and is looking for people with interests or experience in this area.
I’m looking for anyone interesting in sharing their stories of mental health recovery and the urban environment, for my masters dissertation in landscape architecture. I’m hoping to run some workshops with people who have been diagnosed with mental health problems in the past and are interested in telling me about their experiences in Sheffield urban greenspaces and public realm, related to their recovery from mental health problems. The hands on workshops would try to map some of our experiences of urban places in Sheffield’s city centre. If you have any ideas about ‘restorative’ properties of Sheffield’s landscapes then I’d be interested to hear from you. I am looking to carry out workshops, interviews and surveys in June, so please get in touch if you would like to hear more, or would be interested in getting involved for a few hours / an afternoon.
Liz’s research aims to use primary analysis to:

  •         – investigate the restorative characteristics of Sheffield’s urban landscape for people recovered and recovering from mental health problems. It aims to compare how restorative environments that are widely described in the literature match with real people’s opinion of public space in Sheffield.
  •         – It will attempt to find out what kind of spaces are used for restorative purposes by people recovering from acute psychiatric health problems in Sheffield
  •         – It will assess the role of urban plazas / high streets / busy urban environments in contributing to restorative health for mental health ‘survivors’
  •         – Understand the current thinking of the importance of social urban spaces in mental health recovery support networks / healthcare

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