Incorporating animals into a whole-person approach to mental health treatment.
We want to help people suffer less and find what may work for them to improve their quality of life. Animals can be an incredible catalyst for change.
GFW has been active in educating clinicians and non-clinicians through speaking engagements nationwide, conducting workshops, clinical trainings, group and personal consultations, program development, and writing. Too many people suffer in silence, and for many of them, traditional approaches, including therapy and medications, have not been effective in reducing their symptoms.
Who can Benefit?
Mental Illness has become a public health crisis. 1 in 5 adults are living with a diagnosable condition and people of all ages are being affected. Educators, students, corporations, and the general working class can all benefit from education around mental health. The more we as a society learn how to identify a mental health emergency, how to support a friend or loved one, and what resources are available, the more people we will save.
One day, we hope that treatment providers and facilities will work with animals as a primary tool to support mental health, wellness, and recovery. There is much that can be learned through our relationship with animals, and through this connection, many are able to find hope, improve their quality of life, reduce symptoms, participate in their recovery, and open themselves up to the prospect of change.
We are optimistic this approach could change the way we treat mental health conditions, and give people another powerful tool to experience the joy of life, amongst some great challenges.