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'Pets day' improves mental health patients' quality of life

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A mental health unit has introduced a “pets day” to help improve its residents’ quality of life.

The Willow rehabilitation centre, run by South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, offers a rehabilitation service for people aged 18 to 65 who have experienced mental health problems.

Staff and family members brought in their pets, including five dogs and two ferrets. Senior support worker Chinwe Ogu said: “Some of our residents had to give up their pets before they could come and live at the Willow. So we felt it would be a really nice thought to give residents’ access to animals for the day.”

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  • This has happened in Elderly and hospice care for decades. It is nice to see that it has, albeit it belatedly, been introduced into the mental health setting. May it long continue.

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