It’s important to look out for your mental health just as much as your physical wellbeing. If you’re not coping too good upstairs, what does it matter if the rest of you is fine? Tom Lawton is a man who understands that well. That’s why his latest eco-invention is an astounding mental health resource that’s benefiting people in more ways than one.
Relax your mind
For a lot of us, 2020 hasn’t been the most productive year. That’s not been the case for Tom, though, as this year he released the Uplift 2.0. It’s an eco-friendly sculpture made from recycled fishing nets, which aims to help relax those who look at it. Solar energy powers the creation, causing it to revolve slowly and trigger a calming sensation in the brain.
Given the struggles that many people have faced recently, an invention like this sounds like a household necessity. It’s not just the sculpture’s soothing design that has made it such a vital mental health resource, though.
A charitable donation
Not content with simply creating something to ease people’s minds, Tom has also put his money where his mouth is. He recently donated £1,000 to Sea Sanctuary, a mental health organisation that “provides invaluable support to vulnerable people”. Their work is largely rooted in the concept of blue health, which utilises water-based activities to deal with issues like anxiety and depression.
The inventor had promised to donate money to the charity earlier in the year, saying he’d give away £10 for every Uplift 2.0 sold on his Kickstarter. Considering how much he’s now paid to Sea Sanctuary, his invention obviously attracted a lot of buyers.
The charity is understandably grateful for Tom’s generosity, with founder Joe Sabien crediting the man for being “particularly kind”. His money will apparently go towards a four-day residential trip for half a dozen sailors.
More important than ever
What Tom has done – both in creating the Uplift 2.0 and donating £1,000 – is incredible. However, it’s particularly noteworthy this year, given the impact of 2020 on people’s mental health. Although his work might not undo what’s happened, it can help others to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For that, we can’t thank him enough.
We’ll be sure to keep our eye on any future projects that the inventor turns his attention to. Maybe there’ll be an Uplift 3.0 one day.