Zoe MacBeath (aged 13) from Dornoch, Sutherland, was referred to Teapot Trust art therapist, Nicola Kennell, after being diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)—a condition that causes persistent joint pain, swelling and stiffness, as well as other complications such as eye inflammation (uveitis).

Teapot Trust’s professionally qualified art therapists work with children and young people like Zoe to better cope with their conditions, so that they can live fuller lives.

Zoe’s mum, Jen MacBeath, said: “Nicola helped Zoe to understand her condition, as she was struggling to come to terms with it."

"Teapot Trust helped us as a family to understand how Zoe was feeling about having JIA. Zoe is now happier, confident and very open about her condition.”

Zoe told us: “Art therapy with Nicola really helped me to understand myself and how I was feeling about having to take new medication.”

“My favourite thing about art therapy was being able to express my feelings and thoughts whatever way I liked. Some days I expressed my thoughts through art and other days I just said them out loud. Nicola was always really helpful and understanding.”

We're striving to make art therapy more widely available those who need it. If you would like to refer a young person who is living with a chronic condition, or if you're a young person who is struggling please contact Kirsty for a chat: [email protected]