The Meningitis Trust has launched a nationwide free art therapy service for children and young people affected by the disease.
The charity said it had previously found that art therapy had helped those seriously affected by meningitis who had found it hard to express themselves through other therapies such as counselling.
Bridie Taylor, services and education director at the Meningitis Trusts, said: ‘Everyday we work with people who are struggling to cope with the impact of meningitis. We see first-hand the trauma that the disease can cause to an individual, their family and even a whole community.
‘We are here to offer support and information to anyone affected by the disease and we don’t want people to suffer in silence, therefore art therapy is a suitable alternative service for those who wouldn’t benefit from other services we offer,’ she said.
Initially, patients will be offered six one-hour sessions of art therapy with more available if necessary. Contact freephone 0800 028 1828.