Pets Are Amazing Support for People with Mental Illness

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This article is precious.  Not only is it heart-warming, but again dogs show their immense value to mankind… and they don’t ask for anything in return.

But do remember what we learned from this past post…smile back at your dog

Here’s a little about the experiments…

Researchers – led by D. Helen Brooks from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom – interviewed 54 participants who were in the care of community-based mental health services in Manchester and South Hampton, U.K.

Participants were at least 18 years old, and had all been diagnosed with severe mental illnesses.

The study consisted of qualitative, semi-structured interviews focussed on “ego” network mapping.

Interviews were conducted face-to-face at the participants’ home or an agreed local community facility, and they lasted between 20 and 90 minutes.

Researchers asked the participants to rate the importance of the members of their personal network, using a diagram of three concentric circles. Network members included friends, family, healthcare professionals, family, hobbies, places, activities, and objects.

60 percent of respondents said their dogs are central and in their most important circle that help them manage their illness and everyday life.

This is well worth your reading…

Source: Medical News Today


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