Horses have the power to change lives
Red Horse Foundation supports children, young people and adults struggling with trauma and mental health issues through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. This highly specialised form of therapy involves working in collaboration with a horse and one of our highly trained therapists.
We provide a 6,8 or 12 week course of sessions offering a powerful combination of counselling, psychotherapy, ground-based exercises and mindfulness. Sessions can be either delivered on an individual basis or in small groups. Clients carry out tasks such as feeding, grooming and leading the horse, as well as focusing on specific ‘obstacles’ to overcome. These experiences and the emotions they trigger are then reflected on with the therapist.
Through this our goal is to help children, adults and families to process and work through the trauma and grief, to develop new ways of thinking and to overcome their obstacles and move forwards in their lives.
This is where your help comes in….
Right now NHS workers and other frontline staff are in the middle of a crisis that will have a long term impact on them - and their loved ones.
The Covid 19 pandemic means such individuals are routinely exposed to things the general population would never encounter - loss of patients, illness of colleagues, high levels of stress and increased exposure to Covid-19 itself.
It is highly likely that many will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other associated mental health problems.
MPs and the British Psychological Society say professional help from psychologists and therapists needs to be easily accessible - so trauma can be dealt with early.
We want to expand our proven, effective model to Covid-19 frontline workers who are currently under unimaginable mental and psychological strain. NHS staff earning less than £24,000 make up 40% of the workforce. According to Internal Health Foundation analysis, these lower paid workers are more likely to have poorer health outcomes. Our project will prioritise those workers in greatest financial need, as well as those most profoundly traumatised.
Your pledge counts
The money we raise with this crowdfunder will go towards setting up a post Covid-19 crisis fund. Frontline workers will be able to apply for a free course of therapy with our herd and staff team to help them process their experiences.
The big picture
Overall, we need to raise around £11,500, we have already successfully fund-raised £6500, however to ensure we are able to go ahead we really need the £5000 (or more) raised with this crowdfunder, making this an essential piece of the overall total.