COPA HEALTH 31 DAYS OF HEALING: PETS ARE GREAT—SCIENCE SAYS SO!
May 30, 2021, Mesa, AZ: Today’s message from Mental Health America provides scientific research that pets help us heal.
Mental Health America, MHA, provides scientific research that shows the benefits of pet ownership and interaction.
Recent research exploring the benefits of pets and human-animal interaction for mental health has uncovered new benefits for stress, depression, post-traumatic stress, and for managing mental health. Now, we have peer-reviewed scientific evidence that tells us:
- Service dogs can help alleviate symptoms in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Pets help owners manage their feelings and provide a powerful distraction from the stress of having a mental health problem.
- Therapy dogs help reduce stress in college students.