Brose McVey, the founder of Ben’s Ranch Foundation, spoke at the House Health Committee meeting on February 12, 2020, to support Senate bill 273 which establishes the Indiana behavioral health commission. Brose cited the importance of promoting legislation that can help support schools and other institutions that are impacted by the pervasiveness of mental health issues currently impacting society.
In his address to the House Health Committee, Brose spoke of the urgent need for legislation to support mental health initiatives. “Mental health is so latent and yet so pervasive in our society that I’m absolutely certain that we will underestimate its power, will get behind the curve on time, and will underestimate the impact that it’s having on our society.”
Brose has immersed himself in understanding the impact of mental health in society following the death of his son Ben, in 2015, who struggled with mental illness. He founded Ben’s Ranch Foundation, in honor of Ben, to help teens with mental health issues by connecting them back to nature and giving them meaningful work. Ben’s Ranch Foundation partners with farms, ranches, stables and other equine therapy facilities to give part-time job opportunities and other meaningful experiences to teens struggling with mental health issues.