Video blog: The hidden work of pets in helping people with mental health problems

In a new video, we look at research recently published in BMC Psychiatry that explores the role of pets within the personal communities of those living with a mental health condition.



Author Helen Brooks tells us more about this research in her blog.

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Regan Stansfield

Thank you for posting this. It’s very true that pets are a wonderful resource for mental health.

ESA Doctors

Thank you for highlighting the positive effects that pets have on patients with mental illnesses. Emotional support animals are getting a bad rap in the media and we appreciate a real authority on mental illnesses stepping up to the plate. May we include this video blog in our blog?


Completely agree that stigma around mental health needs to be broken down, which starts with people being able to talk about it. It’s a problem that is pervasive through society — 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem every year, and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men and women between the ages of 20 and 34 in England and Wales.
For anyone after more information, I’d strongly recommend the resources here:
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