Exploring new horizons
We run specially adapted scuba diving programmes for seriously injured UK armed service people.
The programme has many proven benefits for the troops which is starting to attract the attention of those in academic research. We are working with agencies both here and in the USA in respect of further research into the rehabilitative properties of scuba diving for the severely wounded.
Our program is by no means limited to current and ex-members of the UK Armed Services, but includes their dependents and similar persons from the “blue light” services and their dependents who have life-changing physical and/or mental illnesses or similar.
Our programmes are especially beneficial to those suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is supported by senior doctors and has provided startling results.
We are on the BBC One Show – January 5th 2015.
The Board of Trustees of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education wish the producers of The One Show programme involving former soldiers who are part of the Deptherapy programme to take note that:
Deptherapy is not an alternate to medical treatment, for those who have suffered life changing mental and physical challenges. Over time we have worked closely with doctors and staff at Headley Court, and elsewhere in the MoD, before taking injured troops on to our programme. We are very clear with those on our programme that we are not doctors or therapists and that they should seek advice from (as appropriate) from the MoD or NHS medical services.
The charity seeks to create a ‘family’ atmosphere in which the injured can develop and grow and thus aiding their physical and mental well-being. Recently a therapist in the NHS in Scotland, working with former soldiers contacted us asking if she could refer a patient to us. The charity welcomes such referrals and joint working.
The physical and mental health of our programme members is of utmost importance to us and we work closely with doctors to ensure that new programme members are ‘fit to dive’ and all our programme members are required to undertake a ‘fitness to dive’ medical with an HSE approved Authorised Medical Examiner of Divers before we take them on to the programme.
The views of individual programme members interviewed for the One Programme are their own views for which the charity accepts no responsibility. The charity’s position is as set out above and in our Charitable Status and associated comments set out below.
The Deptherapy charitable status is defined as:
“The relief of people, especially wounded, current and ex-members of the UK Armed Services, their dependents and, when funds and resources permit, similar persons from the ‘blue light’ services and their dependents, and eventually those from the general population, with a life-changing physical and/or mental condition or the like, by providing opportunities for rehabilitation, motivation and life-enrichment through specially tailored professionally delivered scuba diving”
Our first aim is to support and help ex-members of the UK armed services. Our second goal is to help those in the emergency services and finally our third goal is to expand our programme to include the public. Deptherapy is not limited to those with physical injuries but we also want to help those with work fatigue no matter who you are or what you do.
Whilst the medical science is in its infancy there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that scuba diving can support those who have these recognised conditions. The Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education Charity is more dive community based service, that hopefully adds a positive purpose to those who are wanting help.