Our Be Creative Arts Programme aims to help children and young people with mental health needs across Sandwell.

Through this programme, we will support you to build resilience and equip you with the skills you need to express yourself in ways other than self-harming to aid your mental and emotional wellbeing.

During the programme you will take part in a series of therapy and activity sessions. Each session will run for between 1-2 hours and will include: Creative writing, Music therapy, Photography, Drama workshops and Mindfulness Art therapy

We encourage you to engage in at least four of the activities over a one-month period (on a weekly basis) – these may be the same or a combination, although there will be no limit on the number of activities or duration of support on offer.

How can creative arts help the emotional wellbeing of children and young people? 
Creative arts have many benefits, including:

Creativity is well recognised for its potential to help you express hidden emotions and reduce stress, fear, and anxiety. It can also inspire and motivate you and stimulate your ability to question and connect with the world around you, as well as helping you to develop the resilience to manage challenging life circumstances.

Who is the programme for?

We will be working with secondary school children (this will include looked after children and unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children) and will be targeted to those who are experiencing:

  • Low mood or mild anxiety
  • Stress
  • Social isolation
  • Low self esteem
  • Engaging in other health behaviour changes, such as weight management issues
  • Difficult life changes or challenges such as parental separation or bullying
  • At risk of self-harm / self-harming

In Collaboration with Kooth
Kooth provide an online hub where you can get peer support on whatever is troubling you, share your experiences, tips and advice, keep track of your feelings, set yourself some goals and more. We encourage those who take part in the Be Creative programme to utilise this tool – perhaps you could share your creative writing, write about what you did in a drama workshop, or share some artwork!
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If you would like to be referred to the service please fill out the referral form below: