May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Virginia Beach SPCA has teamed up with NAMI Coastal Virginia to shine a light on the important role pets play in our mental and emotional health. Over 50 million people experience mental health challenges in the United States, and many people have turned to their furry friends as the pandemic brought forth feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. While pets are not a replacement for professional medical treatment, the companionship they provide can bring unique benefits to help improve the lives of those dealing with mental health challenges.
Please join us in supporting Mental Health Awareness Month, and help shine a light on the importance of support, education, advocacy, and…pets. Here’s how you can help:
Mental Health Month Awareness Walk
Join the VBSPCA and NAMI as we shine a light on mental health and the importance of pets. Walk one mile (or more) anytime through the month of May, and then share a photo of you and your pet on social media. Be sure to include #MAHM and #PetsMakeLifeBetter and tag @vbspca in the post! Feel free to select from one of the statistics below to help increase awareness, or share your own story of how pets have impacted your life.