One of Mind's 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.
You can find out more about Mind's Dogs as Therapy service here.