The Wave Project helps vulnerable children and young people across the UK with mental health challenges through surf therapy. We expect to see an increase in the number of children referred to us as a consequence of the cost of living crisis far exceeding the numbers we saw due to the pandemic
The children and young people in the UK are suffering from a mental health crisis. 1 in 6 children in the UK struggle with their social, emotional or mental health. Teenage suicides have risen by 35 per cent since 2021 and hospital admissions for eating disorders among children have increased by 90 per cent in the past five years. The children we are working with are presenting with significant problems ranging from extreme anxiety, depression and self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
We have an evidence based intervention that is recognised by the NHS, local authorities and psychiatric services to be effective in improving the well being, outlook, self esteem and confidence of children and young people. The intervention combines surfing with mentoring and principles of group therapy. Over a course of 6 weeks the children learn to surf, make friends and feel more confident about themselves, enabling them to tackle other problems in their lives.