Our new programme ‘Brave Futures’ is a nature-based group therapy programme set up to support clients who have experienced grief, trauma, addictions, social isolation, anxiety and depression which has affected their mental health and wellbeing

The last decade has seen a huge shift in how we talk and think about mental health. This mindset shift has given rise to preventative and proactive mental health support. By thinking about mental health holistically, we can identify issues before they become serious problems. Early intervention support is vital when dealing with vulnerable people.

At the Wilderness Foundation we have a long history of early intervention work, supporting vulnerable groups and individual clients with the healing power of nature and the outdoors. Our new programme ‘Brave Futures’ accommodates three age groups – Adults, Adolescence and Children due the issues of mental health affecting people of all ages. Through funding from the National Lottery Community Fund we are pleased to be able to offer up to 24 FREE places on a first come, first serve basis.

With our team of expert therapists, we have a style of working that offers activity and fun, whilst mixing in critically important support in therapy, tools and strategies for managing relationships, boundaries, self-care, communication and emotional control. Activities that work alongside the nature-based therapy include games, bushcraft, camp cooking, walking, foraging, nature art and craft work.

Location: Chatham Green/Mann Wood, Chelmsford, Essex

Adults (age 18+)

Starts: Fri 16th October

Weekly sessions until 4th Dec

FULLY BOOKED

The current pandemic has seen an increase in the number of referrals to Wilderness Foundation seeking face-to-face contact. Being completely outdoors and nature-based we can offer this service in the safest of ways. We are one of the first services able to offer face-to-face therapy as many people are asking to return to being outside as they struggle with social isolation.

Adolescents (age 13-17)

Starts: Sat 17th October

Weekly sessions until 5th Dec

FULLY BOOKED

We know at the Wilderness Foundation that helping one vulnerable young person find coping mechanisms to help reduce anger and violence and function better, has a big impact on their immediate and often extended family and thus the community they live in. This expands when we work successfully with those in anti-social behaviours or those who have previously refused support.

Children (age 7-12)

Starts: Wed 24th February

Weekly sessions until 14th April

REFERRALS BY 10th FEB

We have a style of working that offers activity and fun, whilst mixing in critically important support in therapy, tools and strategies for managing relationships, boundaries, self-care, communication and emotional control for example. Activities include games, bushcraft, camp cooking, walking, foraging, nature art and craft alongside this.

If you think you know someone who would benefit from this FREE service then please get in touch at info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk and download our referral form.

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