Safeguarding Students: Addressing Mental Health Needs
- 08:30 - 16:25
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Ben Channon is an architect at Assael Architecture, where he is the Mental Wellbeing Ambassador for the practice, and is also an accredited mindfulness practitioner with the Mindfulness Association. He coaches mindfulness at the practice and in his free time - as well as holding lectures on wellbeing and architecture at Liverpool University; and writes for a number of publications on these subjects.
Ben has a keen interest in the impact the built environment has on our mental wellbeing, which resulted in Ben authoring ‘Happy by Design: Architecture and Mental Wellbeing’. The book contains advice, tips and guidance on how to improve architectural design and interior design to better serve the mental wellbeing of the end-user.
Ben founded and Chairs the Architect's Mental Wellbeing Forum - establishing the group after realising that mental health issues prevalent at university as a result of over-working and anxiety are exacerbated by the pressures of the commercial world - bleeding into every aspect of our lives and despite the omnipresence of wellbeing issues in architectural work and education, official, institution-led support mechanisms are poor. The Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum seeks to begin a conversation on mental wellbeing within architecture and press for changes to the way architects work and, as an extension, the way buildings are designed.