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Sailing therapy for mental health

An alternative way of treating young people with mental health problems is to be launched in Cornwall.

Sea Sanctuary, a charity based in Falmouth, will offer placements on a 43ft (13m) yacht.

Sessions led by mental health professionals are aimed at helping young people address their illness and gain sailing qualifications.

The scheme has won funding from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust.

Sea Sanctuary said the stimulation of sailing the charity's yacht increased people's wellbeing and made therapeutic change more likely.

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