Multisensory and Mental Health

Senses are a central part of our lives. They wake us up in the morning, inspire us throughout the day, and help us get to sleep at night. They spark joy, colour and enjoyment into our existence.

Although, when our senses fall out of balance, our lives can quickly fall out of balance too.

People with a mental illness are more likely to be hyper-aware of their senses, making them acutely receptive to the environment they find themselves in. Feeling things more vividly is brilliant, but it also threatens the stability of mood. Feeling over or under-stimulated can be quite problematic.

Multisensory Spaces were conceptualised to help stabilise senses. They provide safe closed environments for people to recalibrate their senses on their own terms. Naturally, and just like our senses, multisensory areas positively effect users mental health; reducing feelings of anxiety, stress and aggression (Wiglesworth & Farnworth, 2016). Because of this, sensory activities have become a popular method of therapy in a wide range of environments, from schools to mental health facilities.

At Rhino we have over 40 years combined experience in designing and creating specialist sensory environments. From family friendly sensory areas in CAMHs wards; Namaste Rooms for patients with dementia; to securely padding de-escalation rooms in specialist mental health centres. We’re experts in sensory, and we’re excited to help you on your sensory journey.

multisensory room filled with mood lights A multisensory room filled with mood light effects. Including a Bubble Tube, Fibre Optic Waterfall and a separate spray of Fibre Optic Tails.

Benefits of Sensory in Mental Health Settings:

  • Safely Relieve Stress: Sensory areas are safe spaces, perfectly designed for patients to take back independent control and self-regulate their behaviour. They're also great places to relieve stress in a safe environment away from clinical hospital formalities.
  • Physical & Emotional Support: Sensory stimulation has been proven to benefit mental health patients. From youngsters’ ability to play independently, to those starting their rehabilitation journey, learning self-regulation and relaxation strategies.
  • Complementary Therapy: After a difficult session with a member of the psychological wellbeing team, individuals can enjoy a safe space to contemplate and relax on their own.

Sensory in Mental Health Environments:

  • De-Escalation & Isolation Rooms – Cushioning emotional fallouts. Rhino Safety Padding helps patients stay safe in the right way, providing comfort and protection from self-harm.
  • CAMHS, Children’s Mental Health – Sensory aids support the development of emotional skills, helping children become more aware of their senses. Calming and relaxing, sensory rooms provide a warm safe space away from clinical wards; and they also double as great spaces to play individually or with family members.
  • Adult Mental Health – Whether it’s soft mood lighting to help relax those with autism, or providing a safe space to learn important social skills. Sensory areas can help individuals prepare to successfully live independently.
  • Elderly Mental Health – Calming sensory rooms are great for offering elderly individuals with Dementia, Huntingdon’s and Alzheimer’s an opportunity to relax. Special sensory resources also provide a sense of independence, building their confidence.

Our Top Sensory Features for Mental Health Environments:

  • LED Sky Ceilings: perfect for transporting you to another world, let your imaginations take you away to a more calming place. They’re also great way to introduce natural environments into indoor areas without taking up any floor space.
  • Interactive Projectors: Our collection of interactive motion controlled sensory projectors are filled with worlds of imaginative play; swing your arms to paint rainbows across the sky or walk along lilypads in a picturesque pond. Our projectors can be safely installed within ceilings keeping them up and out of the way, limiting the possibility of damage from misbehaviour.
  • Anti-ligature Furniture: and protective cases for tv & entertainment features, making spaces even safer for individuals.
  • Safety Padding: For walls, floors and sensory equipment. We can also make custom padding to fit windows, doors and any other areas that could cause nasty bumps or bruises.
  • Sensit Chair: Part-chair, part-beanbag, part-sensory experience, the Protac Sensit Chair has been specifically designed to stimulate the senses. With a soft foam core and mouldable ball filling, its comfort and pressure makes for a secure and comfortable sitting experience.
  • LED Wall Wash: Let individuals create an environment that fits their mood, through the use of a handy colour control pad and the soft rainbow of colours that radiate from the LED wall wash.

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