Stephanie Sok is an Education Manager at RSPCA NSW and explains the positive effects of bringing together humans and animals who might be struggling with their mental health.
“I think there is just something magical, something special about this connection between humans and animals that really looks at reducing stress, looks at reducing your blood pressure, looks at increasing your movement and exercise and looks at reducing feelings of loneliness.”
“Just providing that patience and that positive interaction, we definitely saw the animals improve.”
The program has inspired some young people to get a job in order to adopt and care for an animal. Source: Moment RF , Carol Yepes/Getty Images
The experience also inspired a number of people enrolled in the program to later get a job so that they could adopt and take care of an animal.
The hope from here is that similar pet programs can be rolled out to assist people right across Australia who are trying to improve their own mental health.