COLOUR BRINGS HOPE, the inspirational collaboration between CANSA and NALEDI, provides a new therapeutic resource in the fight against cancer. This book is filled with beautiful sketches of hope and survival. Colouring in is the safe harbour where emotions can be explored within the boundaries of the picture, and this is important to the cancer patient. It also forms an important part of art therapy which helps in the healing process of emotional wounds, trauma and to achieve a more sensitive balance between the body, cognitive thinking and spirit.
Dr S.T. Potgieter, renowned psychologist, explains in the foreword the different healing powers of colouring in, with specific reference to the treatment of cancer. “The benefits of colouring in stimulate your creativity, promote relaxation and increase the release of serotonin. Colouring in within the lines helps you feel safe. This pastime provides the opportunity to escape reality while providing both body and mind time to relax and heal,” he explains.