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The Children’s Foundation is a local charity based at the RVI, Newcastle. We support children and Young people across the region who are facing distress, disability and disadvantage. Last year the charity directly helped, involved or affected the lives of over 30,000 children across the North East. We also fund a number of community based projects including: •Clown Doctors at the Great North Children’s Hospital and Sunderland Royal •Stars Awards – celebrating the achievements of children living with a disability •3D Pain Distraction Units – distracting children undergoing painful treatments •Because minding matters appeal - where we are striving to work across the region to tackle the mental health and wellbeing issues which children face •Therapeutic Horticulture Gardens
The stigmatization of mental health difficulties is one of the key reasons why many people who experience such difficulties do not seek professional help. The key to addressing stigma associated with mental health is education. The project delivers a mental health puppetry workshops to children of primary-school age, developing their knowledge and understanding of anxiety, depression, self-harm and help. Puppetry for children can be an effective and engaging way of teaching children about sensitive subjects like mental health.