Could you imagine having to deal with some of the issues emergency workers see everyday?
Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services—is getting some help from an accredited therapy dog—to help paramedics who are dealing with psychological stress.
Spending time with animals has been shown to lower stress—by cutting blood pressure and cortisol levels…
So–as part of the new PAWS program–a 3-year old black lab named Delray and his handler–are going to visit EMS staff at their stations–following traumatic calls.
And they’ll be showing up on a regular basis–to maintain morale, promote mental wellness and much more.