Animal therapy popup opens for people with mental health problems
September 17, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid and Alex Youngs
Women opens animal therapy popup café in Manchester.
According to The Metro, dog owners are encouraged to bring their pets down to the cafe, to help support people struggling with mental health problems.
The concept is pioneered by Sharon Hall 54, who set up Paints and Paws Pop Inn after buying a puppy that helped her cope with the loss of her parents.
The cafe is an extension of Sharon existing work ‘as part of her pet and art therapy service, Noah’s Art, which uses animal rescue therapy at North Manchester General Hospital.’
As a former psychiatric nurse, Sharon helps draw people out of themselves and open up about their problems.
Sharon says: ‘The connection you get with an animal depends on you. And then that connection builds a bridge to start interacting with things and people around you.’
Adding: ‘Sessions like this really help people with their confidence and making friends again which has a major impact on self-esteem.’
A mental health crisis cafe is set to open in Wirral after receiving £700,000 worth of funding from the Department of Health.
According to the Wirral Globe, the drop-in service will provide support for those experiencing mental health problems, ‘as well as giving people experiencing a mental health crisis an alternative to A&E for assessment and help.’
Chair of NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Sue Wells, said: ‘The crisis cafe will be a very welcome addition to our current services in Wirral. The community setting and the fact it will be a drop-in service plays an important part in opening up mental health crisis support to those who need it.’
She added: ‘It’s hoped the cafe will offer a place of safety, calm and support, and people over 18 will be able to access specialist support, advice and guidance, as well as participate in various activities and courses.’
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