The Nature Of Creating Wellbeing
The Wild Mind project is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. Our mission is that through a collaborative approach to mental health and wellbeing, we support young people (aged 10-25), parents and carers and communities to thrive through creative and nature-based activities.
The unique combination of nature and art therapy can provide a real benefit to young people living with stress, depression and anxiety. As recent research has identified, there is a dramatic increase in mental ill-health sufferers and a shortfall in resources and support. We felt we could design an early intervention programme to support youth wellbeing.
Not only will young people with wellbeing issues benefit from our programmes but they will also be encouraged to take part in peer-to-peer mentoring activities to build self-confidence and develop leadership skills.
In addition, we are also exploring a range of community led progression activities participants might connect to at the end of the programme. Our aim is that these activities might encourage participants to step outside of their problems to consider the benefits of giving back to society or caring for their environment.
The founder of The Wild Mind Project has had a child who has suffered from mental health challenges, and she soon recognised that many families of teenagers were also struggling. After 18-months of research and meetings with stakeholders, The Wild Mind Project realised that youth wellbeing is not an isolated challenge, but a wider issue that involves families and the community.
As part of our holistic approach to mental ill-health, The Wild Mind Project supports the parents and carers of young people with wellbeing issues, through art therapy and nature based activities. These are designed to build insight, resilience and perspective, and by enabling caregivers to refuel their own wellbeing. Through local employers and educational organisations, we also plan to raise awareness of mental ill-health, advocate the need for wellbeing interventions and run workshops to support student and employee wellbeing.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature“