Untapped Art Therapy

is creating the opportunity for free Art Therapy for vulnerable young people

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By becoming a member, you are keeping us in WiFi, insurance, electricity and printing paper! Your contribution keeps us going so we can deliver Art Therapy to vulnerable young people in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas of Dorset.
Art Psychotherapy works to help people process their difficulties using creative media, providing the opportunity for relief without the pressure to speak. It is proven to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, addiction, mental health diagnoses, as well as difficulties related to learning or physical disabilities, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.
  • The mental health crisis existed prior to Covid19. Last year there were 700,000 referrals of children and YP under 19 into mental health services – a 45% increase in two years (Dispatches 2019)
  • Since the start of the pandemic, the charity Young Minds questioned 2000 YP with mental health needs. 83% said the pandemic had made their mental health problem “worse”’. They also found that the effects of Covid19 have meant that ‘the spread of the virus is already having a major impact on children with mental health issues.’
  • NHS Confederation: NHS waiting list is expected to rise from about 4.2 million currently to about 10 million by Christmas. 
  • A warm fuzzy feeling inside, knowledge that you are supporting us to provide free AT and AR to vulnerable young people
  • Patron shout-out

Champion: suicide prevention youth

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$14.50
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Your contribution will directly fund the art materials (£10 per person) and Art Therapy (£25 per person per week as a group).
You are supporting us to prevent suicide by providing Art Psychotherapy to young people in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole schools, both individually and in groups. 
  • The mental health crisis existed prior to Covid19. Last year there were 700,000 referrals of children and YP under 19 into mental health services – a 45% increase in two years (Dispatches 2019)
  • Since the start of the pandemic, the charity Young Minds questioned 2000 YP with mental health needs. 83% said the pandemic had made their mental health problem “worse”’. They also found that the effects of Covid19 have meant that ‘the spread of the virus is already having a major impact on children with mental health issues.’
  • NHS Confederation: NHS waiting list is expected to rise from about 4.2 million currently to about 10 million by Christmas. 
  • A warm fuzzy feeling inside, knowledge that you are supporting us to provide free AT and AR to vulnerable young people
  • Patron shout-out

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About Untapped Art Therapy

WE ARE FUNDRAISING TO DELIVER ART THERAPY FOR FREE TO YOUNG PEOPLE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES IN BOURNEMOUTH, POOLE AND CHRISTCHURCH, DORSET. 

Young people’s mental health in crisis
Due to the increased pressure on all psychological services supporting young people (YP) at present, unfortunately YP in crisis are not getting the psychological support they need at the crucial moment, potentially resulting in an increase in suicide and self-harm.
The secondary school students we aim to support are likely to have been mentally vulnerable prior to Covid19, and are now experiencing even greater distress due to the impacts of poverty, bereavement, SEN (Special Educational Needs), sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, sexual and criminal exploitation, issues around gender and sexual identity, racial discrimination, being EEA Nationals, being refugee and/or migrant children, being looked-after children, being young carers, addiction, as well as social isolation. Added to this the anxiety over interrupted education and the insecurity over exam results and future employment recently, psychological support is needed now more than ever, in order to prevent future crisis admissions to CAMHS, self-harm and suicides.
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Therapy is the process of creating art with the guidance and support of a professional art therapist, and is a type of psychotherapy. Through the process of making art, clients are able to explore their inner world, develop greater self-awareness, express thoughts and feelings, access creativity and self-esteem, and better cope with stress.
The opportunity to fully explore unconscious and conscious feelings using art materials in place of the pressure to communicate verbally provides an unique freedom.
AT is proven to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, addiction, mental health diagnoses, as well as difficulties related to learning or physical disabilities, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.



Goals
$25.07 of $139.29 per month
When we reach £100, I’ll interview one prominent Art Psychotherapist per month, the people who have helped shape UK Art Psychotherapy practice. 
I will also be interviewing members who are contributing to new ways of working, and who help us build our community.
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