Interior design is not just something you see on programmes like DIY SOS, it can have a positive impact on mental health as well.

A new well-being centre created with the help of art and design students has opened at Keogh Barracks in Mytchett and Forces Radio BFBS' Natasha Reneaux was there for the grand opening.

In the UK and Europe, Mental Health is a big issue and not just in the military.

For the armed forces, with the additional pressures of deployment and separation, the cost is too high to be ignored.


Since 2008 the number of personnel asking for help from mental health specialist services has almost doubled from 1.8% to 3.2% in 2016.

It is still lower than the rest of the UK population but the effects of service in Iraq and Afghanistan on the mental health of the military community are starting to emerge.

Providing early intervention, free from stigma for whoever needs help can help put those suffering on the path to recovery.

Students from Farnborough College of Technology were given the opportunity to get involved in the well-being project by creating colourful pieces of artwork to line the walls.

Wellbeing Centre Keogh Barracks Mytchett Aldershot Farnborough College of Technology Students Artwork Opening Pic Natasha Reneaux

With sofas, soft lighting, blankets and books the new area will be a nice break away from the office. Commanding Officer of 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel David Wright explained to Natasha what the centres purpose its.

“There’s no phones, no computers… for people just to get their minds in the right place ready for whatever the future holds.

“It’s a place of quiet solitude for people to gather their thoughts and maybe meet informally with friends and colleagues.”

Natasha spoke to art and design student Abby about her involvement.

“We all had to design artwork for the centre that would be lively and friendly and would just create a really nice atmosphere in the well-being centre.”

“It was nice to be able to do something for someone else and create a nice atmosphere for people.”

Wellbeing Centre Keogh Barracks Mytchett Aldershot Farnborough College of Technology Students Opening Pic Natasha Reneaux

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