During the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is joining communities around the country to raise awareness of mental health. In particular, May 4th – May 10th marks National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which focuses on children living with mental illness and the need for a wide array of valuable services and support for these children.
Kraftlove wholeheartedly supports National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Promoting good mental health for children is at the very core of our mission. Kraftlove’s purpose is to use arts and crafts to foster and encourage good mental health and promote positive wellbeing, which is important for overall physical health. People tend to feel more resilient and are better able to cope with difficult times when they have good mental health.
Kraftlove’s mission is to support children hospitalized with a serious illness. We seek to help children in need of support to escape the daily monotony of sitting in a hospital bed. Our art kits would allow them to take a break – even momentarily – from the stress and pressure of their situation to engage in enjoyable activities, give a sense of normalcy, and boost their self-esteem. It is our hope that giving children the opportunity to express themselves through art will help them to feel happier and more positive, and to improve their ability to cope with their physical illness.
Kraftlove recently partnered up with Professional Risk Management Services (PRMS), a company that manages a medical professional liability insurance program for psychiatrists, on April 16th, 2015 to assemble our first ever set of art boxes. Staff at PRMS, a company that is deeply committed to promoting good mental health and wellbeing, generously donated their time to fill Kraftlove boxes with all the materials needed for our spring art kits. We are so thankful to PRMS for collaborating with us on this service project and were thrilled to donate this set of art boxes to the Inova Children’s Hospital. We deeply appreciate PRMS’s help and support as we give a little love in every box.