The recent TV series ’13 Reasons Why’ has brought a lot of attention to teen suicide. This is a very difficult subject for teens, parents and frankly, all of us. It is heartbreaking to think that anyone so young is so full of sadness and depression that they decide it is less painful to be done.
We have to be vigilant, as teens are not always comfortable or honest with us or themselves about what they are experiencing. As this Newsweek article shares, teens may state that they are ‘sad’ or ‘down’ instead of saying the are depressed, which of course makes it all too easy to miss the signs that something serious is going on.
If you have concerns about a teen, talk to them and if your concerns continue, seek help. There are many resources available. In Nevada you can contact our ‘Office of Suicide Prevention’ which has a specific youth department.
Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy can refer you to local professionals and may be a powerful part of any treatment team. We are here to help. Even if you feel that your teen is ‘just going through a rough patch,’ work with horses can help. Call or email and we will schedule a visit to the ranch for you. 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.