Creative and complementary services

Following meningitis, some people find creative and complementary therapies help. We can help you access both

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Creative therapy

Following an experience of meningitis, many children will not want to talk about what has happened to them, but changes in their behaviour, sleeping, eating, interaction with others will suggest that they are experiencing some form of emotional distress. We can help.

How creative therapies work

Access to a creative therapy which can help them express their feelings in a gentle, supportive environment, can be very helpful. We can make a referral to a professional therapist who can use art, play, drama or music to help your child make sense of what has happened. This can also be very helpful for siblings, who may be experiencing the impact of the disease on their own lives. 

Learning and development

Meningitis can have an impact on a child’s learning, development and behaviour. We are here to help support you and your family with any concerns you may have. 

Find out more on our Learning and Development Fact sheet

Educational needs

Many families feel that the educational needs of their child following meningitis are not fully understood and can be overlooked. Some have benefitted from arranging a meeting at school where one of our Community Support Officers can talk about meningitis, the impact it can have and the resources available to help support children dealing with the impact of meningitis more adequately.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies aim to treat the patient as a whole, looking at all symptoms together, rather than in isolation.

Our pilot survey results

We looked at the possible benefit of a number of complementary therapies following viral meningitis, as we wanted to know if they could be helpful in supporting people who suffer with after-effects from this devastating illness.

The findings from the project were positive and showed that participants gained great benefit from using acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and reflexology to help address some of the symptoms they experienced following viral meningitis. 

Don’t face meningitis alone. Contact our helpline on 0808 80 10 388 to speak to our experienced staff. You can access our free support or ask us any questions. Whatever your experience, whenever it was, please get in touch. Our support is for life.

If you feel that you, or someone close to you, would benefit from any of these services and would like to receive an application form or find out more about the criteria for being referred, please call our Meningitis Helpline on 0808 80 10 388, send an email to