What is DFTS and what is it's purpose?
Dirt for the soul is a vision and a dream to make a difference in the world of mental health by building a self-sustained farm school for mentally ill children. I want to shed light on this pressing issue while providing a solution to a problem that according to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) affects 1 in every 5 people.
I am dedicating my life to finding non-medicinal ways to treat mental illness through farming, animal husbandry and healthy outdoor lifestyles. I am traveling extensively to learn sustainable principles and farming methods as well as exchange ideas with like-minded people who are trying to use this back-to-the-earth lifestyle as therapy rather than be completely reliant on medication. My travels have taken me from coast-to-coast in the U.S. as well as to Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand and Thailand. I have learned a great deal about organic farming and natural building and plan to apply all the information I've acquired in my travels to start a self-sustained residential farming school for teenagers with mental health challenges that focuses on mental wellness while using healthy alternative therapies.
For something as common as mental illness it should not be as difficult as it is to receive affordable, quality care. It is now proven that mental illness can be managed by transitioning to a healthy diet as well as a healthier overall lifestyle. I personally believe that this also includes finding your own sense of purpose and meaning in everyday life. My goal is to provide a space where teenagers can come and re-establish a connection with the earth and to nature while also being encouraged to be creative and hone in on their specific skill sets so they can grow into healthy and successful adults. It’s time for there to be a solution for those affected by a mental illness that is more than a prescription and that is realistic for anyone no matter what their financial situation.
There is not enough awareness on how corrupt our mental health care system is and after overcoming my own battle with Bi-polar disorder thanks to learning to love myself and finding a love for farming, I have decided I want to create a place where other children can have a chance to heal and live medication free as well.
Mental wellness is achievable, now it just needs to be made accessible.