We have a big problem in America. In 2013, someone in the U.S. died by suicide every 12.8 minutes. 160,000 kids miss school each day due to bullying. The suicide rate among recent veterans are 50% higher than that of civilians. 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older sought treatment for a drug or alcohol problem in 2009. A child with special medical health needs lives in 22% of American households. Sobering statistics. No one is immune from the effects of stress, trauma, and addictions.
Equine assisted wellness programs have a proven record of success in improving health, and providing essential life and coping skills such as self-compassion, empathy, respect, personal boundaries, and non-verbal communication. Our programs partner people with horses, face to face, and give them the guidance and tools they need to learn about, and be kind to themselves, and others. These tools can be instrumental in recovery from PTSD, addictions, trauma, and life-altering personal circumstances
Since 2008 we have helped hundreds of children and adults find new beginnings with the help of horses. Each year we set a realistic budget with a obtainable goal of serving a minimum of 35 individuals. While 35 seems like a small number in light of such staggering statistics, as our clients go out into the world, they create a ripple effect of wellness and outreach in their interactions with others, potentially saving 1000's from the risks of suicide, hopelessness, addictions, and self-harm.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
The Center For Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.
DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics
LA Times Article on Veteran Suicide Rates
Nat'tSurvey Of Children w/ Special Health Care nee