Canine Therapy on Camera

One of our service users, Rosalind, has opened up for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire about living with bipolar disorder and how the support of therapy dogs at CW Mind has helped her to cope.

The video shows how Rosalind has benefited from our Dogs in Therapy service where Alaskan Malamutes Mishka and Koda offer a specialist form of therapy for people experiencing mental health problems.

Speaking about the therapy dogs, Rosalind told the BBC’s Marian McNamee: “I always want to come and see them and I always come out more positive. They don’t judge or comment on the things I say and I can talk to them about difficult things that I may not be able to talk to other people about. If I get upset I can stroke them and cuddle them.”

Shane, who works for CW Mind and volunteers his dogs for the therapy service, also explained how people can communicate better with dogs as it helps them to talk about difficult things.

Thanks to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire for coming out to see us and Rosalind for being so open about her experiences as well as Shane and his amazing dogs.

You can find out more about our Dogs as Therapy service here.

Watch the video in full below.

Meet the seven year old #Alaskan #Malamutes who are making a difference at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Posted by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on Monday, 12 June 2017