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Hare's story to help schoolchildren overcome trauma

Local primary schools are set to receive an illustrated storybook designed to help children to overcome trauma.


Written and illustrated by Cardiff-based art psychotherapist, Lilith Gough, Helping the Hare Who Hurts is designed to be a useful resource for schools throughout Cardiff to read with children who have experienced any kind of trauma.

Cardiff Council has paid for the books with donations received as part of its White Ribbon campaign to raise awareness of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The book, which will be available in every primary school and library across the city, tells the story of Hare's day in their woodland neighbourhood where they meet a series of animal friends.  Each one teaches Hare an important skill to help him be calmer and recognise that his life is now safe.  Along the way, Hare learns about different stabilising tools that are important for any survivor of trauma.


Hare attempts to practise his skills and the reader is encouraged to do so too. A strong theme of the story is Hare's realisation that he is safe and to accept that the challenging times are over.


Cardiff Council cabinet member Ash Lister, said: "Supporting children through trauma and adverse experiences is a priority for all of us, helping them to see the positives and achieve the best possible outcomes that they can.  It is clear to me that this book is a brilliant resource to help children to understand their feelings and there is a way forward for them, but most importantly that they are not alone."


White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence.



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