News and Views

Spring Lake Ranch on VPR's "Vermont Edition"

Posted: June 26, 2018|

Spring Lake Ranch's Director of Admissions & Outreach Rachel Stark made an appearance on Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" yesterday to discuss the World Health Organization now recognizing gaming addiction as a disorder.

Support the Rutland Program Renovation Project!

Posted: June 12, 2018|

Spring Lake Ranch’s Rutland Program is often the next big life step for residents on the “Hill” in Cuttingsville.

Sowing Seeds of Change, Harvesting New Strengths

Posted: January 21, 2018|

We’re busy. For the past 85 years, we’ve been busy -- working, playing, and building community, offering people with mental health and substance abuse issues time and space to come to terms with the effects of their illness. We find that, when we work together, it’s easier to make friends, find new strengths to call upon, and become active participants...

Giving Back

Posted: January 19, 2018|

One spring, three former house advisors returned to the hill to lead the community in a workshop: ‘Ranchers Search for Meaning.’ As a true testament to the cultural heritage and sense of connection among people who’ve been associated with the Ranch, Amy Fairbanks (2000s), Kurt Shaffert (1990s), and Suzanne Lynch (1980s) never worked together or even in...

A Resident's Story of Change

Posted: January 12, 2018|

Although it feels as though my entire world has shifted and changed from almost one year ago when I arrived at Spring Lake Ranch to today, I can still remember all of the details of my first days on the hill, as if it were yesterday.

 

Psychiatrist's Corner

Posted: January 5, 2018|

There are many appealing new (and not so new) ideas coming up about treatment of mental illnesses. Many have moved closer to being a part of psychiatric practice, even during my ten years at the Ranch.

A Space of Our Own

Posted: January 1, 2018|

People who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community suffer from mental illnesses such as major depression and generalized anxiety disorder at a rate three times higher than that of the general population. These individuals are also four times more likely to attempt suicide, and roughly five times more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, for...

A Pause for Gratitude

Posted: December 31, 2017|

On the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Ranch in 2017, perhaps we should pause a moment to acknowledge a miracle: that it survived its humble beginnings in an old, sagging farmhouse without a phone, central heating, electricity, dependable running water and a perfectly terrible road, to what we see today: a beautiful campus, many comfortable...

Homesteader Boot Camp

Posted: December 29, 2017|

Years ago, a House Advisor who had spent time on Gardens Crew declared, after twelve months of gardening, sewing, and baking that she had gone through “housewife boot camp.” She meant this as a compliment to the crew. I’d call four seasons on Gardens Crew something else. I’d call it “Homesteader boot camp.”

A Therapeutic Community Reminder

Posted: December 22, 2017|

I was reminded this week of one of the many ways therapeutic communities are unique and different from more usual approaches to mental health care. Just after arriving one morning this week, I had a knock at my door, and a resident was there. With a slight smile on his face, he looked at me and said, ‘I’m your Secret Rancher,’ while simultaneously...