Ok, I admit this was a random thought that just now occured to me, and I felt compelled to post it. It seems to me that many Many more people are suffering from depression, and not just mild forms either. It is hitting closer and closer to home and I feel absolutely helpless about it. SOOO - here is my thought: All here know how theraputic and relaxing and happy chickens make us. And gardeners feel the same way. As do those who work closely with animals. SOOO - what if there was a hobby farm that had a variety of animals(say a few of each - mini horses, goats, sheep, maybe pigs, chickens, etc) and also a really large garden that those who are suffering from anxiety/depression could go to daily or weekly or whatever to help heal themselves? I know that depression is not something you just 'get over' - but they could come and work with the animals, work the land, clean and care for the farm, etc.??? Would that help these ones who are in such a state? What do all of you think about this? It might be something worthwhile to pursue I think.