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World Mental Health Day: The Benefit of Animals and Nature on Mental Health

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World Mental Health Day

Hope Street Xchange is celebrating World Animal Day and World Mental Health Day 2019 by exploring and highlighting the fantastic benefits of animals, pets and nature on health and wellbeing.

The morning will feature the following fantastic speakers:

Durham Wildlife Trust who run several campaigns throughout the year to highlight the benefits of wildlife on wellbeing and encourage people to get back into nature.

The Hen Power Project brings together older people and hen-keeping to combat loneliness and depression and improve wellbeing. They'll be joining us with some of their hens and some of their hensioners to show first-hand the positive impact the project is having.

The Guide Dogs Association for The Blind train and provide assistance dogs for people with sight loss. Guide dogs and other assistance and therapy animals provide life-changing support to thousands of people around the world, improving their quality of life, creating a positive impact on their mental health and giving much needed companionship.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust mental health services will be running a mindfulness session to introduce you to this stress-busting technique as well as talking about the fantastic work they do across the region to support mental health.

Alongside our speakers will be brilliant stalls offering you the opportunity to find out more about the work these charities do and buy some perfect pet products.

We've also joined up with The Guide Dogs for The Blind Association to bring some of their dogs and puppies along on the day for you to meet. You'll need to sign up for these sessions separately through the link below. 

Find out more about Hope Street Xchange's Guide Dogs Meet & Greet sessions here.