Boo’s new book a 'first aid kit for the soul’

A new book by an artist and author who grew up in the Morpeth area pairs psychology with craft and aims to help the Covid generation overcome mental health problems brought on by the pandemic.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 4:20 pm
Boo Paterson. Picture by Alex Robson.

Boo Paterson describes First Art Kit: 25 Creative Papercraft Remedies for What Ails You, as a ‘first aid kit for the soul’.

Styled like a vintage first aid kit, First Art Kit highlights specific problems – from coping with anxiety to insomnia – outlines the psychological ‘cure’, then the related papercraft ‘remedy’, which reminds readers to keep repeating the therapeutic behaviour they learned in the chapter.

Boo, who attended Chantry Middle School and King Edward VI (High) School in Morpeth as a youngster, said: “A lot of people don’t have access to mental health services – especially now that they’re overrun due to Covid.

“Many are suffering from mental health problems for the first time and don’t know where to turn. I feel First Art Kit is a good place to start for many who’ve tried to soldier on with mental ill health until now.

“The book offers practical solutions to common psychological problems using evidence-based therapies such as CBT and Schema Therapy. The crafts not only remind users to change their behaviour, but they are therapeutic in their own right.

“Any enjoyable activity that involves deep concentration will alleviate anxiety by allowing the brain to enter a ‘flow’ state, where you don’t notice time passing.

“It will also give users a sense of mastery as they develop new skills, which is known to improve self-esteem.”

Although First Art Kit has captured the zeitgeist, the book did not start off as a cure for post-lockdown anxieties as Boo created it to heal herself.

She said: “My thinking was ‘you’ve had loads of therapy – why don’t you make a first aid kit for your brain from the advice you’ve had?’ This is how First Art Kit was born.”

There is a link to the book at www.boopaterson.com with more details and websites from which to purchase the book when it is published on June 24.

It will be available from all good bookshops and you can pre-order on Amazon now.