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:
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.