At least 1 in 10 children experience mental ill health before the age of 18 and 1 in 5 new mothers suffer with mental health difficulties during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. In Nottinghamshire, over 40,000 children and young people will experience mental ill health before the age of 18.
We are very proud to have partnered with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to transform the experiences of children, young people and new mothers receiving care and support for their mental health in Nottinghamshire.
The Hopewood Appeal aims to raise £300,000 to transform facilties, enhance environments, and aid recovery at Hopewood – a purpose built facility which cares for children and adolescents, pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Hopewood houses the first specialist eating disorders inpatient service, and the first psychiatric intensive care unit for young people in the East Midlands. The facility is also a base for all community youth mental health services. It has an incredibly important role in widening access to mental health care and providing intervention in schools and community groups.
The Hopewood Appeal aims to provide a range of enhancements which will support and enrich the experiences of young people and families in Hopewood’s care, including:
- Outdoor spaces that allow for reflection and recovery, including school and ward gardens
- Enhancements to waiting areas and on wards to create welcoming environments that feel therapeutic rather than clinical
- State-of-the-art sensory equipment, with visual stimulation and music systems, that helps new mothers to bond with, settle and relax their baby
- Activities that promote social inclusion – such as day trips for young patients who are well enough to leave the wards , to encourage social interaction, manage anxiety and aid the transition from the hospital back into the community
- Complementary therapies, mindfulness workshops and arts and crafts activities – all of which explore ways of managing and expressing emotions whilst encouraging creativity
By supporting the Hopewood Appeal, you can make a real difference to the lives of over 6,000 patients.
The Big Give – One donation. Twice the impact.
Between Tuesday 27 November – Tuesday 4 December, we are taking part in the Big Give’s #ChristmasChallenge to raise funds to create a school garden for children and young people who are inpatients at Hopewood.
We want to raise £12,000 to fund playground surfaces, sports equipment, plants and horticultural equipment for up to 40 resident patients who are receiving their education on site at Hopewood’s specialist education unit.
The garden will give young people experiencing mental ill health the opportunity to learn more about gardening and nature, in a safe outdoor environment, which has been proven to have a profoundly positive impact on their recovery.
When you donate towards this project during the Christmas Challenge, your donation will be doubled – at no extra cost to you!