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Welcome to the 'RedBull' generation.

"It is estimated that many children and young adults spend between SIX and TWELVE hours a day gaming and online." 

The Problem

 

Current research finds that almost half (44%) of young people are above the threshold for ‘probable mental ill health’, indicating high levels of psychological distress. This has increased dramatically from 35% in 2017 and 23% in 2007 (from previous cohort studies looking at similar ages), pointing to a continued worrying decline in the mental health and wellbeing of young people, likely accelerated by the pandemic and current global uncertainties.

"Children and young people are growing up in a different world compared to the one their parents grew up in. In particular, screen-based activities play a huge part in our children’s lives. This might include watching TV, gaming, or using social media to connect with friends."

It’s been estimated that screen time can take up between 6 to 12 hours a day of young people’s time. The internet has a huge influence over how our children interact with others and experience the world. And while there are positives to connecting with others online, there are also worries about the impact this can have on their mental wellbeing. One of the biggest issues is young people comparing themselves to others, which can lead to further feelings of isolation and loss of confidence.

UNPLUGGED

 Underdog Crew Studios 'Wilderness Project’ 

"Harnessing the power of Mother Nature to instil positivity, wellbeing and empowerment  in young adults."

 

Underdog Crew Studio 'Wilderness Project’ 

 

The solution

 

"Engaging with nature is linked to positive health benefits and general wellbeing across age ranges, cultures and social class with those reporting lower wellbeing scores initially experiencing the greatest improvements. Studies have shown that nature-based practices can lead to improvements in symptoms of depression, anxiety, addictions, emotional regulation and difficulties associated with autism. Nature exposure has also been found to play an important role in child development, benefitting overall wellbeing, cognition and ADHD symptoms."

A 2023 systematic review of 92 randomised controlled trials found significant reductions in depression and anxiety scores with nature-based interventions, as well as improvements in physical health measures such as lowered blood pressure.

Nature-based interventions have also been shown to positively affect some of the more profound aspects of the human experience, such as meaning, purpose, belonging, self acceptance and sense of autonomy. There is a wealth of evidence to show that a person’s connection to nature is key to the physical and mental health benefits of nature exposure, and that interventions which facilitate nature connection have the largest and most sustained positive impacts. SOURCE: Royal College of Psychiatrists

 

Bushcraft and outdoor skills also teach valuable life skills, such as problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, and communication. These skills can help young people to become more independent, confident, and resilient, preparing them for future challenges.

 

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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FISHING TUITION

2.5 HOURS

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WILD COOKING

2 HOURS

CAMPCRAFT

2.5 HOURS

DRUMMING CIRCLE 

1 HOUR

PHOTOGRAPHIC

TREATURE HUNT

1.5 HOURS

VIDEOGRAPHY

NATURE CHALLENGE

2.5 HOURS

MAXIMUM 8 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION.

7 HOURS. MEALS, SNACKS & DRINKS INCLUDED

Practicing bushcraft and outdoor skills is highly beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. Studies show that spending time in nature reduces stress and anxiety, boosting mood and self-esteem, and improving overall mental health. Wilderness activities provide an opportunity for young people to connect with nature, escape the stresses of modern life, and develop a sense of inner calm and peace.

 

"In today's fast-paced and often stressful world, spending time in nature has become increasingly important for maintaining a healthy mind and body. By being in nature, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife, young people can develop a sense of calm and inner peace, which can have long-lasting positive effects on their mental health. 

 

Studies have shown that time spent in nature can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, leading to a decrease in anxiety and depression. Exposure to natural light and fresh air can also improve sleep quality, leading to better overall physical and mental health. Outdoor education and bushcraft activities also promote mindfulness, which is the practice of being fully present in the moment. Being mindful has been shown to improve mental health by reducing rumination, or the tendency to overthink negative thoughts. 

Being around nature offers a range of vital benefits for physical, mental and emotional well-being in marginalised, at-risk or neuro diverse young adults.

  1. Reduced Stress and Anxiety

  2. Increased Physical Activity

  3. Improved Sleep Quality

  4. Enhanced Creativity and Imagination

  5. Sense of Freedom and Exploration

​"Being in nature offers a sense of freedom and exploration that can be difficult to find in more structured environments. This sense of freedom and exploration can be incredibly empowering and fulfilling, leading to increased happiness and well-being."

 

Teaching: Creative thinking, teamwork, collaboration, crafting, wild cooking, grounding and mindfulness, tolerance, respect for our environment and nature.

REFERRAL NETWORKS

Our referral network consists of local secondary schools, Essex Youth Services, Lads Need Dads, Action For Family Carers, Essex Young Carers and selected youth counselling services, including local doctor's surgeries.

OUTCOMES AND CASE STUDIOS

Please refer to THIS LINK to read and watch personal stories from Underdog Crew Studios members and their parents. 

MAXIMUM 8 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION.

7 HOURS. MEALS, SNACKS & DRINKS INCLUDED

Please feel free to email DB Morgan directly:

db@megalodonstudios.co.uk or call on 07498 606258

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