Supporting recovery and management

Climb to Thrive is a not-for-profit club that has developed the free structured 8-week bouldering (form of climbing) programme designed for people with mental health conditons to help support recovery and management.

There is a growing body of evidence that climbing is an effective therapy to help treat depression, anxiety and trauma.

  • You will receive structured coaching designed to meet your needs in a friendly, supportive and non-judgmental environment.

  • Bouldering is a highly accessible form of climbing suitable for everyone:

    • No equipment needed
    • No previous experience required
    • Open to any level of fitness
  • The course will provide you with the skills and cofidence you need to continue to climb after completion but we will still be on hand to help if you need extra support.



Hello, I'm Reagan, Chairperson

I work for the NHS and am involved in health care research and innovation. I am also a Union Respresentative for Managers in Partnership and am committed to supporting equality and fairness for everyone.

I am passionate about helping people with mental health conditions and wanted to establish Climb to Thrive to provide people with the opportunity to engage in an activity that I know from personal experience is hugely beneficial in terms of improving mental health management and supporting recovery.

I discovered climbing during the hard times after my father died, but it made me stronger, a lot stronger both physically as well as in my heart and head. It opened up a whole new social circle, one where my personal situation didn't matter. It provided me with times in the week where I could shut off and regroup. It gave me strength and continues to provide a shelter from the inevitable storms that life brings.

I want to give back to others what bouldering gave to me, it saved me, there is no doubt in my mind so I wanted to establish a climbing initiative that would help people.

So I embarked on Climb to Thrive because I know it will make a difference, not to everyone, but definitely to a big group of people.

I have an amazing son and I hope to teach him through this initiative that we all have a role to play in breaking down mental health stigma and that it is important to do things in life that try to make a difference and that matter to you.