Changing Lives Through Surfing – how surfing can help young peoples mental health and Wellbeing

Changing Lives Through Surfing – How surfing can help young peoples mental health and Wellbeing


12:45 – 1:35 pm
Friday 14th of July

Room: Spotted Gum

Rachael Parker

Join us for an exciting presentation on Ocean Mind’s surf therapy program! Our pilot randomised controlled trial tested the feasibility and acceptability of using surf therapy to improve mental health in youth. Results showed significant reductions in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and overall difficulties after the 6-week program. Combining the thrill of riding waves with the healing power of the ocean, our surf therapy intervention proved to be highly effective and enjoyable for youth. Discover the potential of surf therapy to bring positive change as we discuss methodology, key findings, and implications for practitioners and policymakers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the transformative benefits of surf therapy for youth well-being.

About the Presenters

Ocean Mind is a therapeutic surfing charity that enriches young people’s mental health, relationships and potential through surfing. We are located on the Surf Coast and support young people aged 8 – 18 in the South Western region of Victoria. We’re committed to developing evidence-based programs that create life-changing experiences for people experiencing mental health challenges, social isolation and disabilities.

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