Pet therapy boosts Shellharbour mental health patients’ well-being

Man’s best friend is proving good medicine for the teenagers at Shellharbour Hospital’s adolescent mental health unit. A pet therapy program has been in place for 12 months now, and young patients are reporting that the weekly visit is giving them a lift. Occupational therapist Rachael Wade said the program was run in conjunction with PAWS Pet Therapy, a not-for-profit organisation that trains volunteers and dogs to provide specialist therapy.

Website: https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5453771/dogs-good-therapy-for-teens-at-shellharbour-mental-health-unit/

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