We all know that if we are injured and in pain it is more difficult to focus on anything else. With physical issues, we often get sympathy and support that allows us to perhaps do less until we recover. Others even offer help, taking some of the burden off of us while we heal.
Unfortunately, the same does not apply when someone is struggling with mental health issues. The pain continues to make focusing, sometimes even on simple day-to-day things, challenging, but the sympathy ans support are often lacking. What’s more, someone dealing with a mental health issue may feel that somehow they are to blame. They may try to hide the problem and often will not seek any kind of help.
According to the article in the Huffington Post, “Approximately one million people a year lose their lives to suicide, according to the World Health Organization. That’s one person every forty seconds dying by their own hands”. This is appalling! This really good article goes on to talk about addiction, depression and so much more.
We all need to work on changing the culture of ‘shame & blame’ associated with mental health issues. We need to help everyone we can to become healthy and functional. There are many very effective treatments for mental health issues.
Through work with horses Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy offers social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning as well as mental health interventions for children, teens and adults. We are Qualified Mental Health Associates and work one-on-one with our clients and ‘their’ horse on their specific issues.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, we are here to help. Call or email to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.