Challenging public perceptions about service dogs, mental health, and disabilities
Press Release – updated: Sep 7, 2017 15:45 EDT
Asheville, North Carolina, September 7, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Mental Health News Radio Network and Service Dogs By Warren Retrievers announce their strategic partnership as both sponsors and radio co-hosts to discuss the ties between mental health treatment and service dogs. Based out of Madison, Virginia, Service Dogs By Warren Retrievers, or more commonly known as “SDWR,” places custom trained and bred service dogs for individuals with invisible disabilities like Diabetes, Autism, PTSD, and Seizure Disorders. Mental Health News Radio Network, commonly known as MHNR, based out of Asheville, North Carolina, is a network of podcasts focused on mental health and how it affects all aspects of individuals’ lives: Emotional, Physical, Financial, Spiritual, Entertainment, Sports, Politics, Technological, and more. This partnership is a natural fit for both organizations in their mission to advocate for individuals with an invisible disabilities and combat stigmas around mental health and the disabled.
MHNR has built a foundation on promoting service and therapy dogs in mental health treatment. Podcast host, Kristin Walker, has worked in the mental & behavioral health field for over 15 years visiting mental health facilities with her 4 therapy dogs. She feels the collaboration with SDWR is beneficial for both the network and organization. Kristin Walker and Dan Warren, President and Founder of SDWR, have since come together to discuss important topics like SDWR’s mission, the role of service dogs in autism therapy, and the challenges that face non-profit organizations working in the physical and mental health care field.
More co-hosted podcasts between SDWR and MHNR network are anticipated in the near future. Mr. Warren and Ms. Walker share common goals such as removing barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from receiving resources and challenging public perceptions of diagnoses. They hope to collaborate on podcasts about PTSD service dogs, the impact of service dogs on the mental health of their handlers, and the toll chronic disease takes on families.
This partnership is a natural fit for both organizations in their mission to advocate for individuals with an invisible disabilities and combat stigmas around mental health and the disabled.
Since the partnership began, MHNR program director, Melanie Vann’s son, Malachi, has received an Autism Service Dog from SDWR. Malachi’s Autism Service Dog, Ramses, has been with the Vann family since March of 2017. SDWR trainers continue to work with Melanie on Ramses’s skillset to improve Malachi’s elopment, social anxiety, and sleep patterns. MHNR Network encourages families and individuals dealing with Autism to research an Autism Service Dog and the benefits one may offer.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a non-profit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and provides service dogs throughout the world as they continue lifting barriers with no geographical restrictions to individuals with Autism, Diabetes, PTSD and Seizure Disorders. SDWR firmly believes, “Until there’s a cure … there’s a dog.” To make or donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit www.sdwr.org.
MHNR is made up of Authors, counselors, technologists, and advocates with one common thread: Mental Health. These professionals come together to spread awareness of how mental health affects physical, mental, sexual, spiritual, technological, and financial areas of individual’s lives. Each MHNR host has a unique voice in the field of mental health. MHNR is proud to share their voices with our listeners.
Source: Mental Health News Radio Network
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