A new survey finds that depression is the number 1 cause of illness and disability in teens worldwide. And, though the exact cause is difficult to pinpoint, “Mental health experts have identified a number of reasons for the rise, ranging from media to genetics”.
In her article “Understanding and responding to the increase in teen depression,” Emily Hales provides a very detailed look at what is going on and some suggestions for what we need to be doing to stem the tide and help our young people be happy, healthy and successful.
The teen years can be so very challenging. Work with horses offers a non-confrontational way to work through the often confusing things that teens are feeling. They may want to be thought of as adults, but they still need the comfort of someone taking care of them. Horses allow them to develop leadership skills and build their confidence in a new and powerful way. The non-judgmental acceptance of horses offers awkward teens the opportunity to build a bonded and mutually respectful relationship. Additionally, the fact that the qualified mental health associate (QMHA) they work with has information they need to be successful leads to a more accepting and willing attitude towards adult direction.
If you know a teen that is struggling with depression or any other issues, schedule a visit to learn more about what our program offers. We will show you around the ranch, introduce our
wonderful horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.