For The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, April seemed to be the month of creating mental health awareness. The three attended the London Virgin Money Marathon, posted several videos on mental health awareness, got personal with their mental health experiences through interviews and a video, and reached out to comfort others; all for their Heads Together campaign.
Although the campaign is only in the UK, it went global with social media opening up and reaching out on the day of the marathon, particularly with royal watchers. Now, proceeds from a particular garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show will be donated to Heads Together.
Ian Price is the designer of the Mind Trap garden to be featured at the show, which will be open to the public from 23-27 May. It is a physical manifestation of what depression can look like to those who suffer from this mental illness. The garden was supported by the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health and cost £45,000 to create. Proceeds from the sale of its plant at the close of the show will be donated to Heads Together.
The garden will feature plants that by design appear to be dead or dying beside more vibrant plants. Price hopes that the contrast between these plants will show the darkness of depression and the light of hope and recovery. Viewing panels will hide the garden from view. These represent bars. There will also be an isolated pool inside the garden with a seat in its middle. This can either serve as ‘security’ or imprisonment’.
Price told the Telegraph, he hopes the garden will get people to open up more about mental health: “With the two Princes opening up about depression and their own experiences with it recently, partnering Heads Together with this garden seemed like a completely obvious link.
“The garden is about my own experiences with depression but obviously they [the Royal family] have a much bigger voice and reach than I do so it just seemed like a good fit to do some good.”
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Price added: “My main hope for this garden is that it will allow people who are depressed to realise they are not alone in being in a dark place and that there is help available.
“Having the two high-profile young Princes influencing the conversation about depression is just brilliant.”