Where challenge meets change
Since 2015, Human Nature has been dedicated to offering innovative, nature-based mental health support for young people, focusing on youth empowerment through outdoor therapy. Our programs are rooted in decades of experience, with a core emphasis on fostering connections and building trust. We extend our support to some of the most vulnerable youth across the Far North Coast of NSW, providing assistance to those at high risk of dire consequences if they don’t receive the critical help they desperately need.
Our vision is a world where young people triumph over adversity and thrive.
We believe that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, should have the opportunity to access mental health support that truly meets their needs, setting them on a positive trajectory to become valued contributors to our society.
We do it by listening to young people, meeting them where they are and walking alongside them on their mental health journey for as long as they need us.
Inspired by nature
We believe nature is essential to our lives on this planet. We acknowledge that humanity is inseparable from nature. We have so much to learn and gain from understanding nature. Nature is always our inspiration.
We believe in positively challenging the status quo and finding new ways to give young people access to mental health services. We aim to change the system for the better and inspire the entire nation to evolve in new directions.
Power in connection
We believe people thrive when they’re connected – to each other, to nature, to their role and purpose in the world. We are informed by, respect and nurture community connections.
Feel the difference
We believe people need to feel the difference we make. Through our stories (and data) we demonstrate the impact and the change we create in everything we do.
Who we help
In collaboration with a network of referral partners, we establish connections with young people who face barriers to accessing necessary support and who stand to gain the most from what our programs provide. We work hand in hand with their families, schools, and relevant supporting agencies, including foster care organisations, juvenile justice, youth services, and drug and alcohol services.
Human Nature participants are:
Between the ages of 14 and 18
Living in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, LGAs of Ballina and Byron or within 40kms of Ballina
Presenting with significant challenges (e.g. trauma, addictions, mental health issues, social problems, behavioural difficulties or family conflict/breakdown and
Experiencing barriers to engaging with support in clinical settings.
How it all began
After many years of experimenting with innovative interventions to effectively engage young people, Andy and the Human Nature team have developed a suite of programs that prioritise building strong trust and therapeutic alliances by meeting young people where they are at and carefully curating the in-depth therapeutic work required to create positive change. Put simply, our team of skilled mental health professionals deploy a flexible and individualised approach that is not limited by the confines of the clinic.
Your support can change lives
Human Nature is an ACNC recognised Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient status, and all donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
You can either donate online using this form or via direct bank transfer using the details below:
Human Nature Adventure Therapy Ltd
Account number: 879588000