Writing for mental health
Our Can’t Talk, Write toolkits help young people express how they feel
We’ve teamed up with Royal Mail and The Prince’s Trust to launch our Can’t Talk, Write toolkits. These downloadable workbooks are full of activities to get young people writing.
We’ve come up with two toolkits. The first is for young people aged 11-18 years old; the second is for adults working with young people. Each toolkit includes printable activities and ideas to get young people writing.
The young person’s version has 10 activities. Each one encourages a different style of writing. We hope young people will find something that works for them.
The facilitators’ toolkit is for adults to use with young people. It’s divided into 10 sessions – each with an accompanying activity. The activities help young people to express their emotions, either alone or in a group.
Why writing helps
Writing is a great way to express thoughts and feelings. Getting things down on paper can really help to make sense of problems, too.
This is especially important today. Life for children and young people – particularly the most vulnerable – is increasingly complicated. Pressures at home, in school and online can have a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing.
Research commissioned by Royal Mail suggests writing helps. Almost half (46%) of the young people Royal Mail spoke to said that writing things down made them feel better about something that had made them sad.
These findings are backed up by our literature review, using academic studies to show the positive mental health benefits of writing things down.
Our toolkits are designed to help young people explore feelings through writing and other activities. It’s not a substitute for conventional clinical, psychological or therapeutic treatment.
In the absence of any negligence or other direct breach of duty by us, we are not responsible for any adverse outcomes in relation to the use of this toolkit.