What others are saying...
Longmont, Colorado Supporting Action for Mental Health had the honor of hosting Jeff Fink at a community event May 7 as a kickoff to Mental Health Month. The event featured a showing of the documentary Beyond Silence followed by a discussion lead by Jeff and Earl, who was a bit sleepy after a long hike earlier in the day. Everyone at the event was moved by the power of the documentary and Jeff’s hopeful message. Long after the formal presentation people lingered to talk to Jeff and pet Earl, meet various mental health services providers, connect with the Longmont Humane Society, and visit with representatives from service animal provider organizations.
"Thank You for sharing your story and Positive Impact Earl has brought to your life. Your visit gave hope to our clients that love and connection with animals brings peace to people's lives struggling with Mental Health and Substance Abuse."
- Denise, CFO, Phoenix Counseling Center
Longmont, Colorado City Initiative to spread Mental Health Education and Awareness
Thank You for sharing your story and Positive Impact Earl has brought to your life. Your visit to Phoenix Counseling gave hope to our clients that love and connection with animals brings peace to people's lives struggling with Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Thank You !!
"Jeff gave a compelling and moving presentation at Nami NYC Public Education Event on Animal Assisted Interventions at NYU Langone Medical Center. His presentation, and specifically the impact Earl has had on Jeff's recovery, was not only relatable to each person in the audience, but also encourage alternative approaches to wellness and recovery. Jeff's first-hand knowledge on the subject inspired many audience questions that allowed us to realize the great importance animals can have in an individual's mental health and recovery. We greatly appreciate Jeff's inspirational work with Go Fetch Wellness and his enthusiasm for making this information available to the New York City community."
-Dana Daugherty, Program and Outreach Coordinator, Nami NYC-Metro
"Jeff and Earl presented at our counseling center in March 2015. The staff was engaged by his professionalism and honesty. We are so grateful for Jeff’s knowledge on the basics and importance of animal-assisted therapy. His ability to share his personal experience made an impact on how animals can be beneficial to our clients, or anyone else we may know of that struggles with mental illness."
–Diana Barone, LMSW, Client Coordinator, Blanton-Peale Counseling Center
"Jeff recently presented to Creative Community Services on the therapeutic benefits of incorporating animals into the treatment of those struggling with mood disorders. We were very impressed with his presentation and the amount of information we learned in a short period of time. Our organization works with foster children receiving therapeutic foster care services who have significant emotional and behavioral challenges and families, and we see the direct benefit working with animals would have on our youth. Jeff's captivating presentation will certainly cause us to consider this type of work in the future. "
-Tom Russell, Director of Therapeutic Foster Care
"I just finished reviewing the conference evaluations and people loved your presentation. We’re all so happy to have you as part of the NAMI-NYS family."
- Matthew Shapiro, NAMI New York State Development and Events Coordinator