This innovative pilot will use arts-based intervention to support the mental health of 60 vulnerable children and young people, laying the stepping stones to help them channel energy and emotions, build confidence and self-esteem and develop skills that support recovery and long-term life chances.
Record numbers of children are being referred to mental health services revealing an unprecedented crisis. Services are stretched beyond their limits and the waiting list for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services is generally over three years. As well as significant concerns over the mental health of children who are waiting for support or unable to access support at all, there’s a wider impact on their social development, engagement with learning and, therefore, future prospects.
We are working with Hampshire Cultural Trust to support for children and young people (aged 11-17yrs) through non-clinical, arts based intervention. The artists are not only highly accomplished, but are also experienced in working with young people with complex needs or who have experienced trauma. They will lead tailored sessions for each young person, creating a calm and trusting environment which inspires and empowers them to express emotions, build self-esteem and support their recovery.