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Impact of dogs and Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1221: tabled on 25 May 2023

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 10 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House celebrates the positive impact that dogs can have on our mental health; distinguishes that this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is exploring the theme of anxiety and how that issue can affect people of all ages; notes research collated by The Kennel Club which highlights that when feeling stressed or down 69 per cent of people choose to stroke or cuddle their dog to feel better; recognises that owning a dog can aid people in routinely getting out for exercise and fresh air which also helps to ease anxiety; and thanks these four-legged friends for all of the joy they bring to lives and the role that they play in improving our mental health.