Leeds NHS install giant sunflowers to promote mental health

Credit: Leeds NHS

Giant sunflowers have been "planted" in six of Leeds' most popular parks by the NHS to remind people to look after their mental health.

The 1.2-metre flowers all feature the phrase: "Looking after your mind is just as important as your body" and have a QR code that people can use to access the NHS' webpage with mental health support resources.

The sunflowers have been placed in the following places:

  • Temple Newsam

  • Roundhay Park

  • Kirkstall Abbey

  • Pudsey Park

  • Armley Park

  • Branstead Park

Dr Jason Broch, a GP in Leeds and Clinical Chair at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "We know that the past 12 months has put an enormous strain on many people’s mental health.

"Getting out and about into nature is a great way to boost the mood so what better way to reach people than in some of the city’s most popular parks and green spaces.

"The sunflower is a symbol of strength, positivity and happiness and provides an eye-catching way to promote mental health awareness."

The flowers will be in place until the end of April.