Adorable animals will be on hand at the Coast’s largest private mental health facility today, in a bid to encourage pet therapy this World Mental Health Day.
From 11.00am, Currumbin Clinic will host pet therapy for patients, carers, visitors and staff with miniature ponies, goats, dogs, chickens and snakes.
It’s all part of the Clinic’s week-long, national mental health week activities to reduce the stigma around mental illness while encouraging awareness, discussion, socialisation and wellbeing for Gold Coasters.
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Currumbin Clinic CEO, Kate Cross says that with around 1 in 4 Gold Coasters impacted by depression and anxiety, it is “extremely rewarding” to raise awareness.
“There are many proven benefits of pet therapy,” Ms Cross says.
“Research shows that interacting with animals can lower blood pressure, decrease depression and anxiety, lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation, encourage communication, and improve socialisation and a sense of community.”
“Our hospital policy allows approved support dogs onsite, and soon we will have our own Currumbin Clinic therapy dog onsite to support patients with their healing process.”
Currumbin Clinic’s mental health week calendar also includes a Ninja Warriors hospital visit, food truck and musical jam session, hospital movie nights and a “wear your blues” day for men’s mental health.
All proceeds raised during the week will be donated to LIVIN, a Gold Coast business that promotes wellness and positive living for young people through mental health awareness and early education programs.