05 May 2020
Royal Mail, Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust have created a toolkit to help children, young people and their parents/carers put pen to paper.
Named Can’t Talk, Write, the kit includes tips, advice and exercises to help people to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing and is available to download at: www.actionforchildren.org.uk/cant-talk-write
New research by the charities Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust – in partnership with Royal Mail – shows that despite today’s overload of social media and digital platforms, over a third of children and young people aged 11 to 21 years, explore their thoughts and feelings by putting pen to paper or engage in creative writing to help manage and support their mental health.
Over a quarter (27%) of children and young people write down their feelings on paper once a week or more. They said that writing down their thoughts and feelings on paper, rather than typing on a phone or laptop was the most effective way to ‘process’ how they are feeling.
Almost a third (31%) who wrote for therapeutic benefits said it helped them deal with difficult family situations and issues. Other ways in which children and young people said writing down their feelings helped, included: finding the solution to a problem, stopping them from saying something they didn’t mean; and helping them feel better about going to school or work.