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Recovery Program


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It all started when...

In 2005, the day after Christmas, Cindy and John Duncan suffered an unimaginable loss when their 15-year-old daughter, Cassie, committed suicide. From that day on, they committed themselves to bring light to the darkness of mental illness so that no one else would have to go through what they, and most importantly, their daughter did. In 2011, they started a Rainbow Run at their farm, in memory of their daughter, and have continued the growing tradition every year since. Now, the Duncan’s have an opportunity to expand their efforts to removing the dark cloud of stigma surrounding mental illness and replacing it with a rainbow of HOPE. They, together with the Occupational Therapy department at New England Institute of Technology, are combining vocational activities with occupational therapy models to provide a caring and healing environment that promotes health and wellness for those who suffer from mental illness. 

Harvest Acre Farm has a goal of supporting the development of a new farm project that will be a place for individuals living with mental illness. Providing productive activities, practical skills and a holistic setting for individuals living with mental illness, it is a goal to be able to help these individuals achieve their full potential in many different aspects.




Harvest Acres Farm uses Psychosocial Clubhouse principles and Occupational Therapy models to provide a program that creates an atmosphere where persons with mental illness can engage in meaningful occupations.


Learn Skills in:

  • Agriculture
  • Retail
  • Woodworking


  • Must be 18 or older
  • Currently involved in a clubhouse, day program, or other mental health treatment setting.
  • Interested in developing work skills.
  • If taking medication, you must be able to self-administer.
  • Have transportation to and from program. 
  • Have Referral from your Mental Health Provider.

Mental Health Resources & Support


The Important Facts

How many teenagers are diagnosed with depression?

According to suicide.org, a teen takes his or her own life every 100 minutes. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Approximately 20percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time.

What are the most common mental disorders affecting young adults?

Anxiety disorders, next to depression, are among the most common mental health disorders in young people. This can include phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).


The National Alliance on Mental Illness' mission is to educate the public about mental illness; to offer resources and support, to advocate, and to promote research in the science and treatment of mental illness.

Butler Hospital is a private, non-profit, psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, located at 345 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, Rhode Island.

At The Samaritans Of Rhode Island, you are never alone there is help and hope.