Support Us This Mental Health Awareness Week

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Tuesday 14th – Tuesday 21st of May 

As mental health challenges continue to rise among young people in the UK, we are stepping up to make a difference. This Mental Health Awareness Week, from the 14 – 21st of May 2024, we are participating in the Big Give’s Kind2Mind match-funding campaign to raise £20,000 for our life-changing surf therapy programmes.

Mental health concerns are on the rise among young people in the UK. 1 in 5 children experience social, emotional, or mental health difficulties, and rates of teenage suicide and eating disorders have seen alarming increases in recent years.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is “Connect with Nature” – a fitting focus for The Wave Project, which helps children and young people aged 8-18 improve their wellbeing through the transformative power of surfing and connecting with the ocean.

From the 14th to 21st of May 2024, all donations to The Wave Project’s Kind2Mind campaign will be matched by up to £10,000, enabling us to reach double the number of young people in need.

Ramon Van de Velde, CEO at The Wave Project said: “Our team and volunteers see first-hand what a difference surf therapy can make. The children who take part in our evidence-based programmes demonstrate significantly increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem, as well as a more positive outlook on life. The current cost-of-living crisis only adds to the challenges young people face, so these life-changing interventions are needed now more than ever.”

“We are delighted to be part of the Kind2Mind campaign and appeal to the public this Mental Health Awareness Week. Donations of any size can be doubled and they will ensure The Wave Project continues to have such a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people across the UK.”

To support The Wave Project’s mission and ensure more children and young people can access our life-changing programmes, donate directly to us by visiting the Kind2Mind campaign page (thebiggive.org.uk) between May 14-21, 2024 (which will start accepting donations from the 14th of May).

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