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About Us

For young people. For mental health. For the future.

Driving the vision of better mental wellbeing for young people across the South Lakes of Cumbria.
Right now, levels of mental ill health amongst young people are on the rise; worsened due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 1 in 10 children in Cumbria have emotional and wellbeing problems., not to mention, Cumbria has one of the highest national rates of hospital admissions and crisis referrals due to mental health conditions: including suicide, self-harm and self-injury.

Wave Forward aims to turn the tide on this rise.

Working alongside young people, we together design and deliver new therapeutic programmes, projects and initiatives. Based within local schools and the community, we also run campaigns and events that promote mental wellbeing whilst always raising awareness and understanding of mental ill health and the stigma that is sadly still associated with it.
We understand each person’s journey with mental health is unique. How each person rides their waves of mental health is different.
But wherever you are.
Whatever you’re feeling.
We here to take those next steps together and 

find your Wave Forward.


Walk. Run. Chat. Your Mile, Your Way!

Take part in our regular Mental Health Mile in Kendal. For more information and to register for our next one here:


Become a Wave Changer. Help us turn the tide on rising rates of mental ill health.



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Wave Forward is a charity supporting young people (aged 12 to 25) in South Cumbria to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

We are currently in the process of transitioning from our initial name Well Minds to that of Wave Forward. Bear with us as we cross some ‘t’s and dot some ‘i’s as we have a few administrational changes in progress. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [contact us]

Charity No 1191038