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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Feb 7, 2023

Jon Fariello is a former wilderness therapy student who was transported to a wilderness therapy program as a teenager. He shares his thoughts and feelings about being transported to a wilderness program and an earlier transport to a residential treatment center. Jon talks about his life before going to the wilderness and his experiences in aftercare at a therapeutic boarding school. Jon reveals how his perspective on his life changed in the wilderness in part because he believed "there was no place to hide." Jon shares his thoughts about the controversies related to wilderness therapy, what parents should do while their child is in wilderness as well as his perspective on his, Casie, starting Other Parents Like Me (

Season 15 of Stories from the Field is focused on parents' stories and is underwritten by Other Parents Like Me ( We are grateful for all does to support parents whose children are struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.