Ahead of Children's Mental Health week in February, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are working with The Mindfulness Project this Saturday to host a variety of activities that will combine fun with mindfulness. The aim is to support development of a positive mental health for children as young as 8 years old.
According to the recent Childline review, 93% of councelling sessions were with 12 to 18 year olds, in comparison to just 7% being 11 years old or younger. The Mindfulness Project say they hope that, by tackling mental health at such a young age, the number of adolescence requiring support will decrease.
Ami Smallwood, a student occupational therapist and one of the organisers, said "Children's main expression of emotion is through play so the activities we've chosen really kind of focus on creative play, engaging the children in an activity". She continued to say that each activity session will allow 15 children at a time but hopes families will come along and enjoy the museum facilities whilst waiting for a place.
For more information and resources on using mindfulness, visit www.mindfulness-project.co.uk