National Depression Awareness Week: Therapy dogs visit IUSB students

In this society mental illness is not something that's usually talked about. In fact, many suffering from illnesses like depression try to keep it to themselves.

This week IU South Bend is recognizing National Depression Awareness Week with the help of therapy dogs.
A couple of dogs and their owners made a stop at the River Crossing Campus Housing Community Building on the southern edge of campus and it's an event for any enrolled IUSB students.

Anyone who wants to spend time with the dogs met at the community building filled out a form and they were good to go. They saw more than 15 students within the first hour and they kept coming in.

Students sat with the pups, pet them, watched them do some tricks if they wanted to, but the ultimate goal was to sit, relax and de-stress.

The university says this event is a reminder that students need to take care of their minds by slowing down and taking a break from the pressures of academic life.

“Dogs are known to help reduce stress and blood pressure and they just bring a sense of well-being and feeling of goodness. They relax the student help students they get their mind off of maybe an exam that's coming up tomorrow,” says Therapy Dogs International volunteer Pat Clark.

Wednesday they will be at the River Crossing Campus Housing Community Building again from 1 to 7 p.m.

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