Animal attraction can help mental health, says St Vinnies


St Vincent de Paul Society Homeless and Mental Health Services staff members and a service user enjoy some farmyard fun.
St Vincent de Paul Society Homeless and Mental Health Services staff members and a service user enjoy some farmyard fun.

THE therapeutic benefits of animals were promoted as part of a Mental Health Week event organised in Woodbridge on October 11.

St Vincent de Paul Society Homeless and Mental Health Services executive manager Colette Wrynn said the event was run in line with the theme to connect with nature, community and oneself for mental wellbeing.

“We celebrated these connections by holding a gardening workshop, by having the consumers loved ones and friends attend and socialise, and by enjoying the therapeutic benefit of animals from Barn Babes mobile animal farm,” she said.

“This was a great opportunity for users of our service and their family and visitors to come together as a supportive community and enjoy different activities.”

In the last financial year Vincentcare provided more than 13,000 nights of safe sleep and over 30,000 meals for its consumers experiencing mental health issues.

“It is important that we create awareness around mental health as it is an issue that will touch most people during their lifetime, whether through personal experience or through friends or family,” she said.

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