Hundreds of teenagers battling mental health issues are using a novel method to learn to cope - by working with horses.
Their alternative approach has helped youngsters engage better in class, cope with stress and express their emotions.
They are now calling for their efficient and cost-effective approach to be used as a method of early intervention to ease the strain on the NHS.
Natalie-Ann, a 22-year-old with a severe anxiety disorder and autism, said before attending equine therapy she wouldn't leave the house and struggled to communicate.
I felt like I was a waste of space in the world, like I had no opportunities for me, there was nothing that I was going to achieve - I was going to achieve absolutely nothing, but now I’ve achieved so much. I’m a different person thanks to equine therapy, in a good way!
Now, she's passed her driving test, enrolled in college, and has made new friends.