Nearly half (46%) of children and young people aged 11 to 21 years in the UK, feel better about something they were feeling sad about by writing down their thoughts and feelings – an essential tool which could support them through turbulent times as the coronavirus reaches its peak.

Almost a third who wrote for therapeutic benefits said it helped them deal with difficult family situations and issues. This is according to research by Royal Mail, in partnership with youth charities Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust, highlighting the mental health benefits of putting pen to paper.

Young people said writing down thoughts and feelings on paper, rather than typing on a phone or laptop was the most effective way to ‘process’ how they are feeling. Other ways writing down thoughts and feelings helped include: realising the solution to a problem, stopped from saying something they don’t mean and feel better about going to school or work.

David Gold, Director of Public Affairs & Policy at Royal Mail said:

As the research suggests, writing is an important tool for preserving and boosting mental health. Writing down thoughts and feelings helps to digest emotions and feel better about difficult situations. We are very pleased to have worked with Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust to create a toolkit to help younger people to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.

Royal Mail, Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust have created a toolkit to help young people and their parents or carers. The toolkit includes tips, advice and exercises to help people to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing. 

Alice Granville, Senior Head of Research and Development at The Prince's Trust, adds:

It’s encouraging to see from this research that young people are using writing as a way to express themselves and to take stock of how they’re feeling.

Access the #Can'tTalkWrite toolkit through our Coronavirus Support Hub.