Taking the lead for mental health

23 November 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Taking the lead for mental health|

Many dog owners credit their canine companions as a significant factor in enhancing their mental health.

This message was promoted and celebrated at the fourth annual Wellways Community Dog Walk on the Montrose Foreshore in October.

The walk took place during Mental Health Week, with pet owners sharing stories, connecting with like-minded people and celebrating the positive impacts dogs have on their lives.

Wellways regional manager Jessica Fyshe said the walk embraced the Mental Health Week theme ‘awareness, belonging, connection’.

“We know that dogs and other pets improve our mental health, increase our physical activity and provide unconditional love to us daily,” she said.

“More than 90,000 Tasmanians live with mental health issues that affect their everyday life, with a further 125,000 at risk of developing a mental health condition.”

Walk attendees were also treated to a live demonstration from a professional dog trainer, and took part in a raffle with various pet products available as prizes.

“This event highlights the benefits of pet ownership for mental wellbeing and provides an opportunity for people to come together and connect with others in their community,” Ms Fyshe said.

“Research shows us that walking with your dog helps to boost self- esteem, decrease stress and improve social interactions.

“Our communities thrive when we all stay connected and dogs play a wonderful role in breaking down social barriers.”

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