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Children create ‘Anemotions’ for World Mental Health Day


With help from Ministry of Stories and Place2Be, a group of 8- to 11-year-olds have created a series of animations to encourage other children to talk about difficult feelings and experiences this World Mental Health Day (10th October 2019). 

18 young writers at Ministry of Stories - a creative writing and mentoring charity - have been working with professional animators for three months to write and create a range of short animations, featuring topics such as jealousy, grief and discrimination. The children also recorded their own voiceovers and sound effects to accompany the animations.

The project has also been supported by Place2Be, who will share the final animations with schools across the UK to be used as a starting point for primary children to discuss their emotions.

Young writer Mateen, age 11, says, “I want other children to watch [my film] so that they can learn not to be ashamed of yourself and we are all human beings.”

Young writer Ibrahim, age 9, says, “I learned that emotions are special and also learned about the process of animation.”

Jessica Randall, Writing Programme Leader for Ministry of Stories, says, “Deciding what to write about sparked some fascinating and nuanced discussions in the group. Our young writers are excited to share their ideas and questions about emotions and feelings with other children.”

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You can watch the animations below.



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