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Oct 8, 2012 4:33 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Farm honored for mental health program

HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) - The owners of a farm in Hopkinton, N.H., are being honored for opening their fields, barn and hearts to people with mental illness.

Derek and Ruth Owen have spent decades taking in people who need a place to feel needed. For the past two years, about 10 clients of Riverbend Community Mental Health have been visiting their farm twice a week to perform chores and experience farm life.

Chris Dubois, program director for Riverbend, told the Concord Monitor that the program gives participants a place to take their minds off their worries, get fresh air and just be in a healthy situation with other people.

The Owens will be given Riverbend's Champions for Mental Health award Wednesday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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