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Creating a secure environment for patients and staff alike remains the primary objective in designing for behavioral and mental health (BMH). However, new research suggests that balancing safety with familiar aesthetics is equally important.

The environment in which a patient receives treatment should mirror the community they come from and may return to as closely as possible. It is important to design spaces to be homelike and warm, while simultaneously adhering to safety guidelines.

When designing these spaces, incorporating three key fundamentals can help facilitate the rehabilitation process for everyone involved – promoting healing, preventing harm and fostering safety and security.