February 27, 2006

Therapy on the farm

Following is an excellent idea - a mental health facility on a farm. This seems like an ideal model for a low-stress, low-cost longer term mental health facilities and group homes. I hope more people take up this idea and run with it.

Therapy on the Farm

Ian Keats of Charlottesville pets a rooster at Crossing Creeks. The mental health facility has been open since 2004.

Ian Keats' journey to a more normal life has brought him to a farm north of Broadway.

Whether it's feeding chickens in a small coop or washing the dishes, he sees the farm off Mountain Valley Road as his way back to a healthier life.

Crossing Creeks has been open for more than a year, serving as a therapeutic community for people with long-term mental illness, such as schizophrenia and major depression.

Now, the organization is looking to expand so more people can receive assistance through work and support.

Based On Massachusetts Farm

The operation is partially based on the Gould Farm in Massachusetts, an emotional rehabilitation setting in operation for more than 100 years.

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Great article. I like the alternative therapy. Not all things work for all people. A lot of other programs/studies are being used with farm therapy - I think its beneficial.

Posted by: Malok at August 16, 2007 04:08 PM

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