Mental Health

Introducing Support Partners: Canine Companions-the newest component of Support Partners

Introducing Support Partners: Canine Companions-the newest component of Support Partners

Introducing Support Partners: Canine Companions-the newest component of Support Partners


The Support Partners Program provides practical help for the almost 19 million Americans per year who are diagnosed with major depressive disorder and the people who care about them.

When you are depressed you can feel isolated and alone, which is why having a Support Partner. someone you can lean on and be honest with can make a real difference. A Support Partner can be anyone who wants to help a friend or loved one who has depression.

If you are unsure if you or a loved one may be experiencing depression, reading the Support Partners Guidebooks is one of the first steps you can take to recognizing symptoms of depression. The guidebooks will help you understand the illness and the importance of seeking treatment from a professional, as well as learn how to create important partnerships�whether you have depression or know someone who does.

Support Partners: Canine Companions the newest component of Support Partners will teach you another step in your recovery process by helping you expand your support network to include your dog as part of your support team.

You can also learn more about how women experience depression and how their support networks change throughout their lives, by downloading the Ages & Stages guidebook.

Reference:

1. Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(6):617-627.

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