News — Therapy Dogs in the Square
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, as part of the centre’s activities to mark the national week and raise awareness of mental health issues we partnered with Essex Therapy Dogs and invited them into the Square.
Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog can be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep as meditation. The Benefits to Mental Health include:
- Help people to feel calm
- Provide comfort and help soothe emotions
- Reduce boredom
- Lowering anxiety levels
- Decreasing agitation in dementia patients or clients
- Reducing loneliness
- Bridging communication gaps. Everyone loves talking to their pets
- Decreasing feelings of depression
The team from Essex Therapy Dogs enrich the lives of people with dog visits.