- Cate Archer
Children’s Mental Health Week
This week, Doug the Pug Therapy Dog is supporting Children’s Mental Health Week and these sweet velvety listeners are doing such great work.
Doug and Cate still come across many who often ask, “What have they got to be depressed about? They’re kids!”
Doug the Pug Therapy Dog and Cate share their love and kindness with children who often feel they aren’t listened to or heard, creating feelings of loneliness and isolation; some little friends have very little positive physical contact in their lives, and Doug and Cate hope that with safe physical comfort from Doug that they may go on to form fruitful relationships in later life without withdrawing further; they see families who are without a permanent home, leaving them far from friends and family and insecure in their community; they see children who have suffered great loss and find it difficult to openly share and trust.
It is often said - “everyone we meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about”.
No matter how young, worries and insecurities are real. Mental health issues are real. Mental health problems in young people can isolate, disrupt and frighten them, resulting in lower educational attainment, and have a lasting impact on a person’s life.
More than half of all mental health problems in adult life (not including dementia) start by the age of 14.
Doug the Pug Therapy Dog would like us all to be kind to the little peeps. As the great Dr Seuss once said, “Adults are just outdated children”! We all used to be one!
Have a lovely day friends. Doug the Pug Therapy Dog and Cate very much hope it’s a happy one too.