In brief

The SOL Foundation assists Fight with Insight to implement a social impact programme using the power of sports and in particular boxing to produce a wide range of benefits for young people with complex support needs, beyond the physical health benefits of exercise.

Problem to be tackled

Mental health problems are an important issue worldwide due to their impact on the human rights and quality of life of those affected. Recently, mental health promotion has become seen as a cross- cutting health priority internationally.

In South Africa almost 33% of the population suffers from some form of mental health illness, with global increases of 500% in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, more than half of these individuals do not have access to any form of mental health intervention (Tromp, Dolley, Laganparsad, & Govender, 2014).