Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and conduct disorder affect round about 1 in 6 children. (Source)
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include (from the above source):
- having time and freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
- taking part in local activities.
We see Spectrum Minichess and Chess Clubs as a safe and quiet space with low sensory input, away from the pressures of home and school, where children and young people can play informal games and make new friends as well as learning a skill.