Making the world inclusive for people suffering from post-natal depression
Senior Landscape Architect, Tamae Isomura, shared a personal and insightful thought leadership piece in ‘Landscape’, the journal of the Landscape Institute. In this piece, Tamae explored how ‘The quality of landscape design can have a huge impact of those suffering from post-natal depression.’
The journal edition entitled ‘Designing for gender equality’ was celebrating 100 years of women in landscape architecture, in which Tamae discussed a project with Mid and South Essex NHS Trust alongside her personal experience with Postnatal Depression (PND) and the importance of good landscape design in supporting her.
Tamae goes on to analyse issues that may go overlooked in the creation of spaces. These issues often make parks and green spaces unsuitable for families, and difficult for toddlers to use independently. This removes the opportunities for parents have ‘me’ time in a supportive social environment.
Further to these observations and analysis, the article investigates the differences between two towns, and how accessible planning can allow for positive social experiences and support issues such as PND. This is applicable to many situations, and in this case, Tamae linked this back to her personal experience.
In an additional article Tamae explores her role in the creation of the Broomfield Hospital Baby Bereavement Garden. The project allowed her to put her lifelong interest in therapeutic landscape design into action at Mid and South Essex NHS Trust.
Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute (LI), showcases the best of design, management and thinking. Click here to read the full publication online for free.