Heads On have partnered with user-led organisation Recovery Partners to conduct a piece of co-produced research into what people with severe mental illness would like to see incorporated into our services. Specifically focusing on the new hospital in East Sussex, which is expected to open in 2026, support through nature-based recovery, and how they would like that support to continue in the community on discharge
Funded by Natural England, the research is being co-produced with people with lived experience of inpatient stays through creative focus groups. Once the questions have been developed, Recovery Partners will run a series of face to face interviews with people based in East Sussex with lived experience to understand what has worked well for them in the past, what hasn't and what could work well in the future. There will also be an online survey which will be Sussex wide, asking similar questions. The findings from this research will support plans for natural recovery initially at the new East Sussex site but it is hoped this will have wider impact across our community. There is a vast array of research into the positive impact of green spaces on depression and anxiety and general wellbeing but little to none on the relationship between green spaces and recovery for people with severe mental illness. This research seeks to pave the way in exploring natural recovery options for people suffering with complex and challenging mental health conditions.