We have some pretty cool student news this week… The University of East Anglia (UEA) has introduced an amazing mental-health initiative, where students can borrow dogs and take them on walks throughout the academic year.
This new dog-walking scheme for students, is being introduced as part of their student wellbeing fund – and we love it.
The idea is, to keep student stress levels low and keep their spirits high – and we’re totally sold on the benefits! It has been scientifically proven that spending time with dogs can lower depression, and therapy dogs are already a huge part of the mental health industry. This well-known type of therapy builds on pre-existing human-animal bonds, and the interaction with dogs releases endorphins and has a calming effect on people.
So who wouldn’t want to spend an hour or two walking a furry friend to fight off those exam-season blues?
You get some fresh air and a friendly companion for a few hours, and local dog owners are happy knowing their dogs are getting plenty of company and exercise.
For many students, who live away from family and pets, having a chance to walk a dog is a small reminder of home too, which can give them a break from student life, and help combat homesickness or anxiety.
The only question now is, when will other universities roll out a similar scheme? We’ll keep you updated!