Inspiration Ranch Expands Access to Mental Health Program during COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, April 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

Ashley Hamlin (225) 772-8558
ashley@inspirationranch.org

Inspiration Ranch Expands Access to Mental Health Program during COVID-19 Crisis
Trauma-Informed/Trauma-Focused Program Can Help Individuals Recover from Pandemic Stress and Uncertainty

April 21, 2020, Magnolia, Texas – Inspiration Ranch has brought Debbie Blackmon, a Licensed Psychological Associate
with Independent Practice (LPA-IP) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), on staff full time to help clients
through the COVID-19 disaster.

“This community is already seeing an increased need for mental health services because of the Coronavirus,” says
Inspiration Ranch President and CEO, MG Tindall, “we have chosen to increase our mental health program’s capacity
earlier than planned to try to help fill that need.”

Tindall, who serves on the Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Taskforce, and the Inspiration
Ranch Board of Directors anticipated an increased need for mental health services as the COVID-19 crisis escalated.
After the recent report of an increase in suicides, the Ranch chose to expand Blackmon’s hours to offer help for those
suffering with job loss, isolation, anxiety, and other effects of COVID-19.

“This is a way that we felt we could step up to help quickly and effectively,” says Tindall, “Debbie has extensive
experience with both children and adults experiencing trauma. She is uniquely equipped to help right now.”

Blackmon joined Inspiration Ranch in March, and the Ranch had planned to increase her availability through the
remainder of 2020. However, as Ranch leadership saw the need for mental health services rise over the past weeks they
decided to move that initiative up. Blackmon can see clients via telehealth now and will move those clients into the onsite Equine-Assisted Mental Health Program as soon as the CDC and local officials deem it is safe.

Blackmon has 30 years of experience in mental health that includes time spent as a mental health professional in public
schools, private practice, and therapeutic horsemanship centers. She has worked across ages, genders, and diagnoses to
address mental health needs. Blackmon uses Natural Lifemanship methodology, a scientific-based, trauma-informed
approach to mental health that demonstrates how building positive relationships with a horse can be translated into
real-life experience to help clients overcome trauma, cope with stress, and build better relationships.

When Inspiration Ranch reopens to clients, Blackmon will be seeing both private and group clients, opening the
possibilities of hope and healing that equine-assisted therapies offer to the community. Until that time she can see
clients online to help with immediate mental health needs. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please
visit www.inspirationranch.org/mentalhealth. For guidance on coping with stress visit www.inspirationranch.org/blog
for tips from Blackmon.

About Inspiration Ranch
Inspiration Ranch provides hope and improves the lives of those with physical, mental, and emotional challenges
through equine-assisted activities and therapies. The 501(c)3 nonprofit offers Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Riding for
special needs children and Equine-Assisted Mental Health Services to the community at large and victims of sextrafficking, domestic abuse, and those with severe emotional trauma. For information on riding or mental health
services, visit inspirationranch.org

InspirationRanch.org 

33029 Wright Road Magnolia, Texas 77355

(281) 719-9322