Have a therapy dog program established at Daytona State College

Have a therapy dog program established at Daytona State College

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Alex Owen started this petition to Daytona State College

Stress, anxiety, and depression rates are rising at colleges and universities across the country, and many of these same schools that put a major emphasis on care for their students mental states, and lives outside of the classroom are failing to adjust their methods of doing so. Colleges and Universities need to take initiative and help students overcome their mental health issues. Many universities, and colleges lack alternate options to traditional one on one therapy sessions. Dogs can be a viable alternative option which universities and colleges could enlist to help the students of their universities as each animal assisted therapy dog is a volunteer. A study performed by Adams, Et al  on the mental health benefits of dogs states that Animal Assisted Therapy  (AAT) was found to be very beneficial to patients suffering from depression. Research on Animal Assisted Therapy by UCLA Health suggests that dogs stimulate an immediate relaxation response out of patients, as well as boosting serotonin levels  in the brain.

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