PGA Assistant Professional Thomas Bowen is launching a mental health campaign for young adults, after the sport helped him turn his life around from depression.
Bowen, who is based at North Wales Golf Club, will work with young adults, aged 18 to 24, through mental health charity MIND and Nant Y Glyn health resource centre in Colwyn Bay, to offer step-by-step opportunities to use golf to help them through.
“It is certainly something I have a passion for, I want to help people to turn their lives around too,” said Bowen.
“Golf is a very social sport, very inclusive and ability does not matter because you can have fun whatever your level.”
Bowen’s own story involved him not wanting to leave the house – he later returned to North Wales Golf Club to play a hole or two, before building up to 18 holes and then qualifying to take his PGA professional qualifications and working as an assistant pro.
“I will be working with people in a very similar position to the one I found myself in six years ago, who may not think there is anything positive,” Bowen continued. “I have been where they have been, Golf brought me back from the abyss and allowed me to begin socialising again and has led me to where I am now.
“These may be people who are not used to being in a group environment, but they will get the chance to have fun and learn with people who may be suffering just like them.