Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Ta-von is eight years old. Recently, he lost his dad. After this loss, Ta-von’s counselor gave him Draw it Out, a therapeutic activity book created by Art with Heart for children dealing with complex emotions due to grief and loss. Using this book, Tav-on was able to to begin healing emotionally. He told us that before the book[…read more…]

A new study out of the UK shows the powerful and therapeutic outcomes of creative expression. The Art Room therapy program, which began in 2002, serves children ages 5 to 16 who have been identified by teachers as needing special emotional and behavioral support. With nine of these programs throughout the UK, more than 10,000[…read more…]

A major part of Art with Heart’s philosophy is an acceptance of creative expression as one of the most valuable resources for emotional health. Our therapeutic books and tools use art to engage children in expressing both their grief and their strength, allowing them to gain self-confidence and emotional clarity. We know the power of creativity[…read more…]

Notes of Hope: Natalie

January 20th, 2015.

Last week we heard from Natalie, a 10-year-old who is dealing with moving away from her family and the loss of her dog. Natalie completed activities in Magnificent Marvelous Me! Before doing the book she was stressed but after, she felt wonderful. Through the book’s activities she was reminded of the comfort and trust she[…read more…]

Draw it Out Inspires Trust

November 26th, 2014.

Sarah was eight years old when she experienced a painful separation from her parents due to their substance abuse. Now 11, Sarah has lived in several different foster homes and along the way, developed a severe inability to trust. Sarah was grieving the loss of being with her mom and dad, as well as the[…read more…]

Over 200 Art with Heart supporters gathered in Seattle last week at the eighth annual Color of Hope Benefit Luncheon raising almost $176,000 to help children in crisis. The event, emceed by Director of Side-by-Side JJ Kissinger, featured moving speeches and stories from Art with Heart leadership and guest speakers. It was a celebration of[…read more…]

On October 20 and 21, over 20 mental health professionals participated in Art with Heart’s Chill & Spill training. The 1.5 day training consisted of helpful activity walk-throughs, tips on best practices in engaging children, and lots of art! Trainees received hands-on experience in Chill & Spill activities and were given the opportunity to practice[…read more…]

The International Association for Suicide Prevention has organized World Suicide Prevention Day with the belief that through a combined effort at the international and local level, a difference to the lives of many can be made. According to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices and Education), 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each[…read more…]

The girls of Honey Dew Elementary School’s Art with Heart program were once just eight classmates. Now, they are eight friends. A group of fifth graders from various backgrounds and circumstances came together last January as a pilot testing group for Art with Heart’s Draw it Out curriculum. Led by Program Facilitator Katrina Sather, for[…read more…]

We are thrilled to receive a grant from the City of Seattle that will fund the continuation of our Chill & Spill program at Ryther, a facility for neglected and abused children. The Art with Heart Chill & Spill program uses creative expression to help teens articulate and heal from trauma. The program has been proven[…read more…]