Reading article, which tells the story about Marli Brown, a woman who suffered from extreme mental health issues for over 20 years before seeking help breaks my heart. She worked very hard to hide her pain, suffering in silence as she lost all her hair, beat her head against walls and drank herself into a stupor, all the while maintaining a facade that all was well.
Though we are doing better at opening up about this issue, I still worry about all the children, teens, men and women who are silently suffering when there is help available. The article goes on to talk about how Canada is trying to make sure that there is an open dialog about mental health issues in homes, schools and the workplace.
We need to open up about how prevalent mental health problems are. We need to get more comfortable with the fact that mental health problems are health problems and not the fault of the person suffering from them. As health problems they are treatable, but not if the person suffering hides their condition for fear of how others will react.
Equine Assisted Therapy can be a very potent part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Many people are more willing to open up and address their issues in this non-confrontational, creative and non-judgemental environment. We work with children, teens and adults. Our sessions are one-on-one, with a client, a horse and a Certified Therapeutic Equine Instructor. We do not have a set curriculum. Our program is based on meeting each individual’s goals through work with the horses.
If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues give us a call or send us an email. We will schedule an appointment to meet with you, show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about the challenges you are facing and share with you how we might be able to help.