“Jeff and Earl visited the University of Mount Union on November 1, 2018 where Jeff gave the annual Mental Health Awareness talk to a standing room only crowd in our campus center. Jeff shared the story of his personal journey and Earl’s role in his recovery in a straightforward and relatable way that resonated powerfully with students, faculty, staff, and community members. We received numerous positive comments from students who had attended the talk who found Jeff’s message to be supportive of their own experiences with depression and anxiety. They also reported being inspired by his mission to share the value of our relationships with animals in recovery from and treatment of mental illnesses.”
Universities & High Schools
One in four students have a diagnosable mental illness
40% do not seek help
80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities
50% have become so anxious that they struggled in school
University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio
It’s imperative that schools have more mental health education, resources, and support for their students. Stigma, shame, and fear of being judged are a few reasons why students are not speaking up when they experience a mental health crisis.
NYU, New York City
We have created a variety of speaking platforms designed specifically for college and high school students. No talk is the same as we understand each school has their own unique set of challenges. Here are a few of our popular topics:
Understanding the role animals play in student mental health.
Why do people chose to have an emotional support animal on campus, and helping to provide a clear understanding of what an emotional support animal can do for one’s mental health.
Learning about service animals, disabilities, and the difference between different types of working animals.
Whole-person approach to physical and mental health, including: exercise, diet, self-care, supporting friends and other students, connecting to community resources, working with rescue animals, and school/life balance.
Encouraging peer lead mental health groups on campus and understanding peer support.
Recognizing warning signs of a mental health crisis.
Practical ways to support someone struggling, including how to talk to them and suggestions of how to dialogue in an effective manner.
Columbia University, New York City
University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Colorado