Carving the PsYche
In 2012, on the backdrop of World Mental Health Day, iDID ‘Carving The Psyche’ aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues in the deaf community. Lessons were provided by Disability Snowsports UK to ensure that the event was fully inclusive to individuals with physical disabilities, and a talk was provided by Steve McNay of Milton Keynes Mind on the issues surrounding Depression and Anxiety. This was funded by MK Mind.
In 2019 we were able to run a six week course for young carers in Milton Keynes. This was fully funded by MK Community Foundation and the feedback was amazing:
“Our experience was fantastic and can’t thank you enough”
“Thank you so much for providing this opportunity for my son - he loved the course and has really come out of his shell”
We hope to be able to run this project each year as long as we can find funding.
In 2017, we were so excited to be piloting our new Krush Programmes, a series of projects to empower young women aged 14-18 years using wakeboarding as a tool to promote positive body image, increase self-worth and improve confidence.
Young women are particularly at-risk as teenage girls today face a massive amount of pressures including: Stress at school, body image worries, early sexualisation, bullying on and offline and uncertainty about the future after school. A recent study by the Department of Education has shown a worrying rise in mental health problems among teenagers girls with more than one in three teen girls suffering from anxiety or depression, a 10% increase in the last decade. Out of the girls surveyed, 37% had three or more symptoms of psychological distress, for example feeling worthless or unable to concentrate, compared to 15% of boys.
What is Wakeboarding?
Wakeboarding is an exciting watersport that is much like snowboarding but on water. The rider is attached to a board and pulled along the water by a cable system. Our Krush projects will be delivered at Club Wake Park on the Grendon Lakes site and facilitated by positive female role models.
The Krush Project was funded by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and allowed us to test whether this new club was viable. We are now seeking new funders for the 2019 season.
We are always looking for partners to start new courses or clubs with and with the recent success of surfing with regards to helping young peoples mental wellbeing we hope to start some new courses soon. If any one would like to discuss and potential new projects please email our CEO.