Colour a kid's world - and help him heal through art

A copy of the drawing made by a seven-year-old who underwent art therapy at the Institute of Mental Health includes the sentence "you are stupid" written in a speech bubble. The child was struggling to cope with a new stepmother and was doing poorly
A copy of the drawing made by a seven-year-old who underwent art therapy at the Institute of Mental Health includes the sentence "you are stupid" written in a speech bubble. The child was struggling to cope with a new stepmother and was doing poorly in school at the time.PHOTO: INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

Art therapy is gaining popularity here as a form of help for kids undergoing life-changing or difficult experiences

The seven-year-old girl drew stalks of flowers, insects and clouds, and coloured them in with cheerful hues of red, yellow, blue and green. She wrote "happy" in large lettering at the bottom.

But on closer look, something else stands out: a speech bubble for the ladybird on top left hand corner with a small scribble that reads, "you are stupid".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2018, with the headline 'Colour a kid's world - and help him heal through art'. Print Edition | Subscribe