We launched The Great British Colouring Map with our publishers Laurence King last week and have been thrilled with all of the lovely things you’ve been saying about it. As well as being beautiful to look at (we would say that), the #GBColouringMap can actually have health benefits, as colouring has strong links to mindfulness.
Our corporate charity, Solent Mind, run regular art therapy sessions at their wellbeing centres. Users of their service can draw, paint, colour and tap into the relaxation benefits. Neil Wilson at Solent Mind said:
Colouring is a simple and effective way to calm the mind and occupy the hands – it’s a wonderful option for creating a state of peace. This gentle activity where you choose the colours and take your own time to create your picture, can help focus the mind on the present, and promote wellbeing, blocking out negative thoughts.
Hearing about this, Laurence King kindly donated 50 copies of The Great British Colouring Map and we added 50 packs of colouring pencils and took them along to Solent Mind’s wellbeing centre in Hythe last week. Their regular art therapy session was packed to the rafters and both the team and the service users were thrilled with the donation. It was great to see the colouring book putting smiles on faces and being used in earnest.
One of the wellbeing centre users told us:
We have just been given 10,000 hours of mindfulness! Thank you. Absolutely made for someone like me this book. I am a real fan of maps and could look at them all day. But it’s more than that; we have every shape and size of spaces here, and all in the right place! The scope exists to get something more from this book than just colouring – I see a real image could be produced from the mosaic; but, as for me, I will try and evoke real landscapes from the map conventions I know.
It was fantastic to visit the Solent Mind team and see how their facilities can really benefit the local community. Find out more about them and their wellbeing centres on their website.
If you’d like to know more about The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain, it’s published by Laurence King and available in book stores, or via the OS Map Shop for £19.95.