Young people’s mental health is 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, 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.
*schools in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas
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Who are Untapped Art Therapy?
Untapped are a social enterprise dedicated to relieving the suffering of young people, using art. We have been providing artist residencies to vulnerable young people and training young volunteers for the past 20 years, and are now able to offer Art Psychotherapy (aka art therapy).The suicide rates in the Bournemouth area* have been rising, and the mental health services are in crisis. COVID-19 has increased the risk of death by suicide in young people considerably.
How does art therapy prevent suicide?
A professionally trained Art Psychotherapist works alongside the young person, supporting them to express their feelings using art materials and/or words. Sometimes words are too difficult. Conscious and unconscious expressions are then thought about together, in a safe and confidential space. This process can relieve distress and anxiety through the witnessing and ‘holding’ of the person‘s experiences and feelings.
DORSET MIND/DORSET MIND YOUR HEAD
We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem in Dorset gets support and respect.
- Dorset Mind will raise awareness within general and specific communities about mental ill health. That’s to say we will educate people about symptoms – what they are, what to expect and how to spot them. We will educate people about what they can do when they experience symptoms either themselves or someone they know.
- The charity will always challenge the stigma and equality of mental ill health so that neither stigma nor inequality prevent people receiving the information and support they need.
- Dorset Mind will promote the ethos of recovery of mental ill health by educating people about recovery and by directly providing support services to specific communities to assist them in their own recovery.
How we deliver our mission…
Dorset Mind provides a variety of support options across Dorset. Our resilience-focused support groups educate people about the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and support people to identify and develop new coping skills. We also run an accredited one-to-one befriending programme, designed to help people regain confidence and social skills. The content of our services and support groups are both preventative and restorative.
Dorset Mind works in partnership with local decision makers and influential organisations to encourage social inclusion and improve mental health services to meet the rising demands of our communities.
Our Dorset Mind Your Head whole-school approach provides comprehensive lessons and assemblies in schools and workshops in youth groups that help support young people. It also supports parents, teachers – and those young people that don’t access school due to their mental health.
In addition, our game-changing, workplace training programme – Dorset Mind Works – helps support both employers and employees. It elevates culture, reduces absenteeism and presenteeism and benefits profitability.
Dorset Mind is a local affiliate of national Mind and was established in 1946. We are independent and responsible for our funding so when you donate to us your money benefits people who live in Dorset.
Our charity comprises a combination of highly-skilled and dedicated people that ensure we support as many people in Dorset as possible. We also offer volunteer opportunities across all areas of our organisation.
£250 REWARD - original painting
Jayne Tricker ‘Stood in my truth’. 2020 Oil on board, 20 x 20 cm
P&P Uk First Class £10
I have been professional painter since 2007. I am predominantly a landscape painter and love to paint outside as well as in the studio. I work in water and oil based mediums but oil is my paint of choice, for its sheer authenticity of quality and intensity of colour.
I am both a representational and abstract painter who also incorporates the written word through my paint layers, because I find it connects me to the subject I’m painting. I am also known for using symbols that are important to me and have deeper spiritual meaning and help me to connect with my subject at soul level.
I have many years of experience teaching and mentoring painting students.
£30 REWARD hand-printed cyanotype edition 5/30
Sue Hamilton-White Beachuts, Christchurch. 2018. A3.
P&P Uk First Class £5
Art psychotherapist, photographer and artist interested in traditional wet and darkroom methods of working. I am inspired my nature as well as popular culture.
This work is made using a traditional photographic technique known as “Cyanotype”, originally developed in the 1840s, and used famously by Anna Atkins, a botanist. Until recently the process was used by engineers and architects to produce plans, known as blueprints. The process uses two iron-based chemicals that are sensitive to light.