I’m not going to get up on a soapbox and start talking ‘anti-gun,’ but I do think that this study that point out that “suicide is the No. 3 cause of death for children and youths aged 10 to 24” and that 45% of those committing suicide do so with a gun, requires our attention!
First, the fact that so many young people are choosing to end their lives is horrifying. We are failing miserably. The study reports that many kids who attempt suicide have no history of mental illness and they share these key signs for parents to look for: Withdrawal from friends, substance abuse, differences in performance in school, changing their group of friends, says Teach. Changes in appetite, dropping hobbies, and just appearing sad are also warning signs.
If you know a child or teen who may be in danger, SEEK HELP! Work with horses can be an important part of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan. We are here for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to call or email us to schedule a tour. We will show you the site, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what is going on and share with you how we might be part of the solution.