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BEING WITH ANIMALS

Spending time with animals can be a grounding and soothing experience for some people. It can help distract from voices, or it can be a way of connecting and feeling understood.

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I find being around my dogs really helpful as dogs seem to have an understanding humans don’t and I can say what I want to them they tend to always listen and agree. Erin*

I keep horses. I care and look after them. They need me. I need them. Very sensitive creatures. I’m very calm round them. Ashleigh*

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Mental Health Foundation (2019). Pets and mental health. Mentalhealthfoundation.org.

Marie Carter (2018). How pets improve mental health issues, from depression to PTSD. The Independent.

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