Art for Mental Health Workshops:
What are Healthy Creations?
Healthy Creations is a title given to an art for mental health programme created for children aged between 4 - 14 years old. It is not group art therapy, instead it is quite directive and it can be tailored to meet your needs, aims or themes. I would normally run this programme for 6-8 weeks however this can be altered. The group would consist of 4-8 participants and the sessions would last 1 hour or 1.5 hours. Each Healthy Creations group is different as the group can be themed around certain things like coping techniques, learning more about your mental health and wellbeing, bullying and how to treat other people etc. It can depend on what the needs are of the participants.
Healthy Creations can be for 4 - 14 year olds however, within the groups I would always keep the participants to be of similar ages and abilities so that the work is appropriate for all who are involved. Each week different art tools, creations and inventions are made to promote and understand mental health and wellbeing better. Additionally, new breathing techniques and grounding exercises can be taught.
Examples of what could be made within the Healthy Creations programme:
- Calm Down Kits
- Worry Monsters
- Mood Boards
- Coping Cards
- Thought Boxes
- Thankful Stones
- Origami Wishing Star Jars