Maria Margaglione, Web & Visual Communications Director at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, speaks to Jeff and Earl Fink, from Go Fetch Wellness, about the importance of making connections with others when living with a mood disorder. Spoiler alert: sometimes animals can help!
About Jeff: When conventional approaches to achieve mental stability weren’t providing relief for Jeff’s persistent and severe depression and anxiety, he decided to pursue a more unorthodox path to health and stability. Jeff acquired and began training a 2-month old golden retriever named Earl to become a service animal. As time progressed, Jeff realized the profound effect Earl had on others and he launched Go Fetch Wellness, an organization dedicated to helping individuals heal through the human-animal connection. Now, he devotes his life and work to introducing others to the healing capabilities of this bond, with the intent of connecting people primarily with dogs (and sometimes with other animals) as part of their whole-person approach to mental wellness. In addition to Go Fetch Wellness, Jeff advocates for ending stigma of mental illness through his numerous speaking engagements, trainings for behavioral health agencies, corporate presentations centered upon mental health in the workplace, and helping individuals and families across the country through consulting, facilitating, and coaching. Jeff's hope is to educate professionals and non-professionals alike so that they will be more likely to consider, and, where appropriate, include dogs or other animals as one of the cornerstones of a complete and collaborative wellness treatment and recovery program. To learn more visit: www.gofetchwellness.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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