Untapped ‘Untapped, a Local Art Therapy social enterprise is named Community Hero in the Spotlight ahead of World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October' A local non-profit organisation that uses Art Psychotherapy (also known as Art Therapy) to help reduce suicide and self-harm in vulnerable young people has been nominated for this month’s Community Hero in the Spotlight, to mark World Mental Health Day (Sunday 10 October). Untapped is a Community Interest Company and social enterprise delivering Art Therapy to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Untapped aim to relieve the pressure on the NHS and deliver more of their services for FREE. Unfortunately, NHS/CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) were in crisis prior to Covid19, with waiting times of up to 2 years (CQC). Long delays cause more children to self-harm and drop out of school (Young Minds). We know that 75% of mental illnesses start before a person’s 18th birthday. With most long-term mental health problems beginning in adolescence, there’s a growing need for support for young people. (Mental Health Uk) Art Therapy is the process of creating art with the guidance and support of a professional Art Therapist and is a type of psychotherapy. Through the process of making art, clients can explore their inner world, develop greater self-awareness, express thoughts and feelings, access creativity and self-esteem, and better cope with stress. All Untapped art therapists are fully qualified, insured, hold enhanced DBS checks, receive regular clinical supervision and are registered with HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) Art psychotherapy uses art to help people work through emotional difficulties, especially when communication is challenging. It can be used to support individuals of any ability and does not require any artistic skills. Sue Hamilton-White, CEO and Art Psychotherapist explains: "Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy with the added advantage of being able to use art materials to do the talking for you. Art Therapy is useful if you're struggling to communicate how you feel or need support to understand how you feel and why you feel that way. We see a variety of difficulties ranging from anxiety and depression to trauma, gender dysphoria, bullying, abuse, eating disorders, learning and physical disabilities. Untapped specialise in working with neurodiverse young people, who tend to be most at risk of suicide and self-harm now more than ever due to health inequalities, isolation and loneliness as a result of Covid19. ‘Art Therapy provides a safe and confidential space to explore any difficult feelings. The Art Therapist is there to support the client to make connections, gain a deeper understanding, and work towards the freedom they desire.’ A recent client said of Sue: "She has been absolutely brilliant. She has helped me when I was in a very bad place and has helped me have a better understanding of myself and things around me. I couldn't rate her more highly. By far the best therapist!" For more information about Untapped Art Therapy please follow the link to their website: https://untapped.org.uk/ Untapped Art Therapy - Together, we can create HOPE through ACTION.