Depressed person with a cat

Allieviating Symptoms of Depression

Research has found that pets can serve as an important source of social and emotional support that positively impacts mental health.2 That’s why therapy animals or pets are increasingly included in depression treatment plans.3

Dealing With Stress

Owning a pet can significantly lower heart rate and blood pressure in response to stress.4 So in those moments where life might be a bit too much, a pet can help keep you calm.

Man and cat doing yoga
Woman having picnic with dog

Improve Overall Wellbeing

96% of pet owners agreed that their pets have a positive impact on their life.5 73% of pet owners said their pet enhances their mental health.5

Mental Health Isn't Just For Humans

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References:

  1. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2018). 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD. https://mhanational.org/mentalhealthfacts
  2. Brooks, H. L., Rushton, K., Lovell, K., Bee, P., Walker, L., Grant, L., & Rogers, A. (2018). The power of support from companion animals for people living with mental health problems: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the evidence. BMC psychiatry, 18(1), 1-12. https://habricentral.org/resources/62075
  3. Trembath, F. (2016). Animal-Assisted Intervention for People with Depression. Habri Central Briefs. https://habricentral.org/resources/55606/download/hc_brief_depression20160127access.pdf
  4. Allen, K., Blascovich, J., & Mendes, W. B. (2002). Cardiovascular reactivity and the presence of pets, friends, and spouses: The truth about cats and dogs. Psychosomatic medicine, 64(5), 727-739. https://habricentral.org/resources/39425
  5. Nationwide-HABRI Survey. (2018). Workplace Wellness Survey. https://habri.org/research/mental-health/workplace-wellness/
  6. https://habri.org/research/mental-health/

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