WOW is a mental health surf-therapy charity committed to changing lives by delivering for-purpose innovative programs for people experiencing mental health challenges.
In Australia, one in five people experience challenges with their mental health, yet the issue remains highly stigmatised preventing many from seeking the necessary support or treatment.
'Get wet and have a good time' is the idea behind WOW, but their message runs much deeper than that with their surf therapy programs helping participants to understand that it's OK not to be OK, and that you don't have to ever go it alone.
The grant will allow WOW to design and pilot a trauma specific surf therapy program for young people in the Hunter region. The program would be the first of its kind globally, with the aim to assist hundreds of youth with their mental health in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region.
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