Teapot Trust is a Scottish charity that provides a programme of art therapy across the UK, supporting children and young people living with chronic conditions – and their families. While many of these chronic conditions are physical, they also have a negative impact on a child’s mental health and general sense of wellbeing. 

Most children we have worked with have found attending hospital overwhelming, scary and confusing. They are often in pain, anxious about invasive treatment, and struggle to process their feelings. Getting absorbed in art therapy helps keep them distracted and calm. However, its value goes much deeper. Although art therapy is not currently statutory provision, it is often prescribed by paediatric clinicians, because it has proved more effective as a coping strategy than traditional talking therapies. Taking referrals from clinicians also alleviates pressure on Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 

We have a team of fully qualified art therapists working across Scotland and England. In the context of COVID-19, our art therapists are delivering support online and we have developed therapeutic art resources for children and families to use at home.