Young people in Wales are taking part in a fantastic tall ship voyage in August as an experiment in adventure therapy. On 5th August, three groups from across Wales are sailing the tall ship ‘Faramir’ around the Irish Sea over three weeks. They will be taking in the whole coast of Wales, across to Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, finishing in Cardiff Bay on 24th August.
Many of the young people on this voyage have lives which are restricted by their social circumstances, with limited opportunity for new experiences to allow growth and self-development. This project aims to develop confidence, new skills and a fresh perspective on life ashore.
The young people will be sailingFaramir, a 22m fast sailing yacht, purpose built for sail training. Sailing long distances involves plenty of physical effort and teamwork: raising, lowering, and handling the sails, steering, keeping a constant lookout and learning how to navigate. The young people aboard will also learn key life skills such as cooking, cleaning and living in close proximity to other people on the ship.
The people on this trip have had early experiences of psychosis and are being supported by NHS Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services across Wales and Hafal recovery practitioners. Staff from these services are on board as the group leaders and they are able to provide therapeutic support and interventions. They will also address difficulties if they arise and will continue to work with the young people after the voyage.
The project hopes to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by young people with early psychosis, of their potential for achievement and illustrates the importance of having effective EIP services – using an innovative approach and the aspiration to draw on the potential of the unique landscape and coast of Wales.
The voyage is a joint project between Welsh mental health charity Hafal, the mental health and learning disability 1000 Lives Improvement team at PHW and the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) National Steering Group. Funding to support this initiative has come from the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, PHW 1000 lives and Hafal.
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