‘Mental health’ is a widely spoken about topic nowadays. Government bodies, health departments, general practitioners and the wider community are starting to understand that individuals with flourishing mental health are associated with improved physical health, positive social relationships, creativity, productivity and increased learning. Whereas poor mental health conditions can cause distress, impact on relationships and day to day functioning, and can be associated with poor health and suicidality.

What does ‘Mental health’ specifically relate to? According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make contributions to his or her community.”

Here at Sheez Like the Wind Equine Experiences, our aim is to reach as many people as we can, to better understand their mental health and assist them in learning new coping mechanisms through being with and learning through their time with the horses. Horses hold a platform of non-judgement and relay honest feedback in a way that is genuine and authentic, allowing individuals a safe place to explore their specific goals and needs as they arise. Ultimately, ‘mental health’ for us is about an individual being emotionally, cognitively and socially healthy, being able to adjust to the positive and negatives that arise through day to day life.

Elle Levey, Registered Counsellor and Certified EAL Practitioner