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“Being the First Person on the Scene of a Mental Health Crisis”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Drexel Now website talks about training being offered to staff at Drexel University based on the International Mental Health First-aid program to help staff find and refer students who are experiencing a mental health crisis to the proper resources to meet their needs.

“Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College”

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This April 13, 2015 Wall Street Journal article offers some ways that parents can help their children transition more smoothly into college by among other things, stepping back and allowing your child to work through things on their own more, having them schedule their own appointments, and get to the appointment on their own among other ideas, can aid in teaching them skills and building confidence they will need to succeed in college and beyond.

“Student groups serve as resources for mental health”

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This March 24, 2015 article on the Daily Pennsylvanian talks about ways that students are grappling with the question of how to make a long-lasting difference in how mental health is viewed, discussed and treated on campus.

“Pet Tales: Therapy dogs a hit at Pitt”

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This article found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette site on April 21, 2012 talks about one of the many ways dogs are trained to help others.  The dogs in this article are Therapy Dogs not to be confused with a Psychiatric Service Dog.  A therapy dog is typically trained to act sort of like Wal-mart greeters in a wide variety of places such as waiting rooms, hospitals, nursing homes, or as this article indicates even on college campuses like Pitt.   A Psychiatric Service dog, like mine is trained to work with a specific disabled individual meeting that individual’s needs.  the big difference though is that a therapy dog is not allowed the same level of public access as a Psychiatric service dog,  the Therapy dog needs to get permission to be in places in many cases, where a psychiatric service dog is covered by the ADA the same way as a guide dog for a visually impaired person would be.  Therapy dogs still have an important job, and I’ve heard of situations where service dogs sometimes go into a partial retirement and will work as therapy dogs, therapy dogs are awesome, and do help many people, their training just isn’t as specialized as a service dog’s training, though there are similarities in what they do.  Therapy dogs typically are there to bring hope and smiles to the faces of many while a service dog’s purpose is to help an individual.   If you aren’t sure if a dog is a Therapy dog or a service dog, ask the handler they will be able to tell you if it is a service dog, therapy dog or a pet.

 

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