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A No-Cost Mental Health Boost

By: Tina Rhoden-Lewellyn, Executive Director, Ben’s Ranch Foundation You turn on TV news each day and see the evidence of our nation’s declining mental health through stories of school shootings, assaults, and addiction. While professional help is a must for those struggling, there is a free complement to therapy and medications – spending time outside. […]

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Statement on Surgeon General Advisory

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued an Advisory to highlight the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis. Carmel-based nonprofit Ben’s Ranch Foundation operates and supports programs designed to connect teens who have mental health challenges to jobs on farms and in stables and equine therapy facilities to harness the healing power […]

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New Jobs Available for Teens

Ben’s Ranch Foundation Expands Provider Network to Create Immediate Openings   New jobs now available for teens! Carmel-based nonprofit Ben’s Ranch Foundation has added new providers and now has immediate paid, part-time internship opportunities available at farms, stables and equine therapy facilities for teens struggling with mental health issues. The Central Indiana internships harness the […]

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The power of a job on teen mental health

The following opinion column originally appeared in the Indianapolis Business Journal. Indiana’s new high school graduation requirements form a pathway to a diploma through job experiences. They also form a pathway to improved mental health for students. The guidelines bring us full circle to a time when our society placed a lot of importance on […]

Commentary: The Outdoors is a Powerful Tool

The following commentary about the benefits of the outdoors from Ben’s Ranch Foundation Founder Brose McVey first appeared in The Statehouse File: One of the most powerful tools we can employ in a much-needed war against mental illness is dirt cheap, easy to access and universally accessible. My friends would say I’m biased. They’re right. I […]