Companion animals and mental health
is topic of October education forum
Animal assisted interventions in mental health will be the topic of NAMI Western Carolina’s next education forum Thursday, Oct. 13. Held at NAMI-WC offices, upper level of 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, the forum begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
Leading the presentation will be Jeff Fink, founder and CEO of Go Fetch Wellness, a small company he started to help aid in the treatment of those struggling with mental health challenges by connecting them with dogs. Jeff will address the different types of companion animals (emotional support animals, therapy animals, and service animals); how animals can play a role in the whole person treatment of mental health challenges; and examples of people who have found stabilization and hope through working with animals.
Jeff will be joined in the presentation by Earl, his 4-year-old golden retriever, who is also the CCO (chief canine officer) of GFW. Jeff’s mission is to educate, teach, and assist individuals in learning and experiencing the amazing healing powers found through the human-animal connection.
Don't miss NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training Oct. 29
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family learn to tell their stories in the most effective way and convey those stories to legislators and policymakers.
NAMI Western Carolina will offer two NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training modules Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Training will be at NAMI Western Carolina offices, upper level of 356 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. Contact Paulette Heck 828-581-0080 or email@example.com. Registration deadline is October 15th. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy.
Bridges of Hope
Creating stronger connections and safety nets for people living with serious mental illness in and through faith communities. A team of two trained speakers conducts the 60-90 minute program that informs church congregations about serious mental illness and how to help individuals with a mental illness and their families. For more information, contact Paulette Heck, firstname.lastname@example.org