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A colorful light exhibition has arrived at Merry Hill Centre ahead of Mental Health Day (10th October) helping to create a happy, relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere at the shopping destination.
Merry Hill Centre is aiming to improve the wellbeing of its visitors, having brought together, artists, psychologists and designers to create an installation that consists of three glowing light houses featuring colour combinations proven to make visitors feel happier, calmer or more energized.
A study looking at the happiness and wellbeing effects of colour, has found that yellow makes people the happiest, with blue and green helping to ease anxiety and combinations of soft blue, pink and green making us up to twice as happy than normal.
The Happy, Calm and Energise houses feature different colour effects to evoke three different emotions. These include happiness when walking through a rainbow-coloured space, calmness when sitting in the silent, softly-lit blue space and an energy boost when walking through a glowing, neon-orange charged space.
The Light House Experience, located near Mango on the lower mall, is free to explore and will operate in line with the latest social distancing and safety measures. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout, and visitors are encouraged to attend in single household groups.
Rachael Jackson, general manager at Merry Hill Centre, said: “With mental wellbeing now more important than ever before, we’re pleased to have brought The Light House Experience to the centre, which we hope will brighten up a lot of people’s days and help our visitors leave happier and more relaxed than when they arrived.
“Of course, safety throughout the centre and during the experience is our top priority and we continue to work hard to ensure that Merry Hill Centre is a safe place to visit.”
The new mood boosting experience follows on from a number of positive initiatives launched by Merry Hill Centre this year, including ‘Chatty Chairs’, a mental health initiative launched in partnership with Dudley Mind, encouraging everyone to be more open about mental health and raising awareness of conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Sandra Vaughan, chief executive for Dudley Mind, said: “The Light House Experience is a really interesting and innovative exhibition, which highlights that colour can play a massive part in lifting our mood and invoking happiness.
“This year has been challenging for many and as we approach winter, it is very important that we have something to latch on to during the darker nights and the Light House Experience is one of those things that can really help. We would encourage people to go and experience the three different areas of the exhibition and see how it makes them feel and behave.”
Throughout the pandemic, staff and volunteers at Dudley Mind have been working hard to provide support around a wide variety of issues and the charity’s phone lines remain open every day of the week.
For mental health advice and support please call Dudley Mind on 01384 442938.
Visitors can use the hashtag #ColourMyMood to share pictures taken during their experience.
For more information about the centre and to keep up to date on future events, visit https://intu.co.uk/merryhill/events/light-house.
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