Come on. Let’s be honest. All of us know someone, a family member, a friend, a coworker, a child in the neighborhood, who is living with a mental health issue. It may be something mild that is managed by interventions such as visits with a therapist and/or medications, or it may be more serious and disabling, requiring hospitalization. It may be a recent diagnosis or it may have been going on for years. The truth is that mental health issues are simply another health issue affecting millions of people and we need to start addressing this and dealing with it in a more effective and compassionate way.
More and more people are coming forward to share their stories and to ask all of us to be more understanding and supportive. This article in Billboard by Benjy Grinberg, founder and president of Rostrum Records (KT Tunstall, Mod Sun, Teammate) makes the case that a person living with mental health issues can lead a happy, responsible and successful life. But he also points out that we all must be more accepting and offer more health care options. In reality, it is truly in our best interest to help all people find a path to a rich and fulfilling lives.
There are many things that can contribute to a healthier and happier life. Mr. Grinberg mentions, diet, exercise and meditation. There are medications that can help with chemical imbalances and a wide variety of therapeutic interventions, including Equine Assisted Therapy.
Through work with horses, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy offers social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning as well as Psycho Social Rehabilitation, a mental health intervention. We work with children as young as 4, teens, adults and even seniors. From learning about horse and herd behavior, to leading, grooming and even riding or driving, our clients address their specific issues while interacting with horses.
If you, or someone you know are living with a mental health issue, seek the help you need. There are many, many good programs that can help. Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy is here to be part of the solution. Give us a call or send us an email. We will schedule a visit for you. We will show you around the ranch, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.