On Thursday 2nd March 2017, at Leeds Beckett University, the Student Wellbeing team laid on a programme of activities providing information and promoting opportunities and positive messages about being active to help our mental health. Canine Concern dogs were invited to participate.
University Mental Health Day spreads the message that mental health, like physical health, is important. This year’s campaign theme is ‘Active Mental Health.’
Be Active’ is one of the five ways to wellbeing:
Connect / Be active / Take notice/ Keep learning / Give
One of these activities involved Staff and students being encouraged to come along and spend some time with one of three friendly therapy dogs. Dogs can help so much with mental health and the stresses our students face during their years studying. They help the students to connect, be active, take notice and give, four of the five ways to wellbeing.
Jaxx, a canine concern dog, was accompanied by John Mirfileld, our Yorkshire rep, as well as other Leeds members, John and Joan Clark with their labradors, Fenn and Cassie.