Spirit in Mind

Spirit in Mind animal charity“Thank you so much to Petplan Charitable Trust – we are so pleased to receive the very kind donation of £250.

“The funds will allow Spirit in Mind to pay the costs involved with recruiting two rescue dogs to our Canine Befriender (therapy dog) programme on the mental health inpatient wards at Fieldhead, Wakefield. The canine befrienders visit the wards weekly with their owners, who give their time voluntarily, and provide support to people with mental health conditions.

“There is lots of evidence to show that spending time with animals can decrease stress, provide comfort and a distraction from upsetting experiences and symptoms, promote social interaction and reduce loneliness. The funding from Petplan Charitable Trust will contribute to enabling more people to experience the many benefits of spending time with a dog.”

“Close contact with a therapy animal can often be a deeply spiritual experience”

“Spirit In Mind is a mental health charity linked to the NHS and hosted by the Pastoral and Spiritual Care department within South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,” explains Angie Barker, Befriending Project and Volunteer Support Co-ordinator. “It supports initiatives which respond to the mental health needs of individuals and local communities, in particular it aims to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of spirituality in mental health care.

NHS South West Yorkshire Partnership logo“The Canine Befriender programme has been set up by the Pastoral and Spiritual Care department to provide inpatients and staff with the opportunity to experience the many benefits of spending time with the dogs; close contact with a therapy animal can often be a deeply spiritual experience as it enables people to get in touch with often hidden and neglected parts of themselves therefore allowing feelings and emotions to emerge which can be deeply therapeutic and healing.”

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