Thrive LDN has teamed up with children’s story centre Discover to promote positive mental health educational events for young children and their parents through a series of free-to-attend storytelling sessions across the capital.
The key ideas behind the concept was to find a way to incorporate storytelling, keep children entertained and demonstrate ways for parents or carers to address mental health and wellbeing with their children – providing a creative and fun way to tackle an important subject matter.
Discover provided Thrive LDN with a shortlist of 10 children’s storybooks, all of which focussed on mental health and wellbeing. After a fun consultation with youth workers, school reading volunteers, mental health professionals, a drama therapist, and testing them out with young children, Perfectly Norman emerged as the clear favourite.
Discover have since developed an interactive session based around the Perfectly Norman story and its themes. The educational events are now underway with the first of 5 having been held recently on 25th March.
The next two sessions will be run on Wednesday, 29 May in Stanmore and Islington. Two further sessions will be announced shortly.
Dan Heller, children and young people lead from Thrive LDN, said: “The first session was fun and engaging, and kept both children and adults alike entertained. As well as a dramatic telling of the story, the activity culminates in arts and crafts, and encourages the children and adults to talk about the themes of the story.
“Everybody attending the session receives a leaflet with information about the themes, further recommended reading suggestions, and signposting for further support. We hope that we can take this work further, and that others see it as a way to creatively educate about mental health.”