Pets and Mental Health

A new study from the University of Liverpool featured in BMC Psychiatry shows that having a companion animal can be tremendously helpful for those with mental health struggles. From instilling a sense of purpose to encouraging physical activity and social connectedness, pets offer numerous benefits. Lead researcher Dr. Helen Louise Brooks determines:

“Pets could contribute to a sense of preparedness to take self-management action through increasing people’s positivity and self-efficacy.They encouraged their owners to stay in the present avoiding worry and ruminations about past behaviours or concerns about the future. Pets were also considered important in terms of providing protection for their owners…”

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