The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Express Yourself’. It is understandable that when there is cancer in the family, children and young people experience change and uncertainty. COVID has added another layer of stress and so now more than ever, there is a need for our young clients to find a creative outlet for their feelings. This could be through music, art, play or exercise. Chai’s Children and Teenage Service offers a wide range of services that can help:
Music Therapy – Every person reacts differently to a cancer diagnosis and children and teens may find it difficult to articulate their confusing range of emotions. Where words fail, music can be an invaluable channel for them to express and understand their feelings.
Art Therapy – Art is used as a way of expression, communication and release. Through this art, children are able to develop confidence and self-acceptance.
Play Therapy – Children can often communicate more naturally when playing with toys. Using props such as puppets and art and crafts materials, children can express their feelings without the need for words.
Chai-ly Active Exercise Classes – Staying active during this challenging time is hugely beneficial, not just physically but it is also vital for mental wellbeing. Our zoom exercise classes for children age 5 upwards are extremely varied, interactive and fun.
For more information on Chai’s Children and Teenage Service and how we have adapted these services online, please call Debra on 020 8202 2211