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Our vision is that all young people have an open pathway to mental wellbeing

Connection to nature, connection to others and connection to self

The Wild Mind Project, originally a community interest company, is now part of Impact Initiatives based in Brighton. We support the mental health of young people aged 11 to 25 through nature connectedness. We have designed an intervention programme that complements or offers an alternative to one-to-one counselling.

The unique combination of nature, mindfulness and creative activities can provide a real benefit to young people living with stress, depression and anxiety. Importantly, the young people form a network of supportive new friends that will last well beyond the programmes.

The Wild Mind Project’s programmes are fully grant-funded, meaning they are free for young people.

Our general programmes are for young people experiencing mental ill-health and we also run programmes specifically to support the young LGBTQ+ community. Occasionally, we run programmes for particularly vulnerable groups, such as young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities or young carers.

160

Young people supported annually

58,551

Funding secured this financial year

58

Programmes delivered annually

Meet the team

Staff and volunteers at The Wild Mind Project share a belief that nature offers innumerable benefits for mental health. We have come together from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of expertise and lived experience, to support young people experiencing mental ill-health in the city of Brighton and Sussex.

HEAD OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICES

Jennifer Tulloch (she/her)

Jennifer has worked with communities and people for over 22 years, with qualifications in Community Education and Social Work and has been championing children and young people’s right to feel safe, know who to go to if they don’t and develop strategies to cope with life’s challenges. Jennifer has a real passion for nature and is often involved in walk and talk sessions.

PROGRAMME LEAD

Charlotte Whitehead (she/her)

Charlotte has enjoyed working with children and young people for over 15 years, and has specialised in mental health and wellbeing for over 6 years in different settings. She enjoys mindful walks in nature – whether that is by the sea or in the countryside, along with being active outdoors with watersports and learning about how to take care of wildlife and the environment.

SESSIONAL WORKER

Luke Johnson (he/him)

Luke is a queer artist, facilitator and teacher with a love of the outdoors and a passion for sharing the benefits of nature and art with others.

Growing up as a trans kid in rural Sussex, Luke felt the positive effect of spending time outside, discovering how walking, gardening and exploring could help manage the stress and anxiety he was experiencing.

Arts and crafts also provided a way to relax and play. In his work as a facilitator, Luke helps create safe, supportive environments and encourages people to use art as a tool for experimentation and self-expression.

The Nature of Creating Wellbeing

The Wild Mind Project, now part of Impact Initiatives, is grant funded, enabling us to offer programmes to young people in need, free of charge.

Safe guarding

The Wild Mind Project recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all young people in our care, staff and volunteers.

Our funders and supporters

We would not be able to support the mental wellbeing of young people without the support of our funders and the organisations that also support our work in other ways. Thank you.

FAQ

Do you have a question? Attending anything new when you are feeling anxious is daunting. Our FAQ may well help.

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You can help make a big difference to young people experiencing mental ill-health today.

The Wild Mind Project is now part of Impact Initiatives. Any surplus funds are reinvested to support our work with young people. Thank you for your support!