mental health

‘Hidden Disability’ Lanyards To Be Introduced At Royal Ascot Meeting

Ascot Racecourse is introducing hidden disability lanyards at the Royal Meeting next week, following the successful introduction of the concept at organisations such as Sainsbury’s, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. The sunflower is recognized as a symbol of hope in mental health and has been adopted as a way for venue representatives to identify visitors who […]

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$50,000 Available To Researchers Investigating The Therapeutic Effects Of Horses On Humans

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for […]

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‘Moral Distress’ Rampant Among Veterinarians, Survey Finds

“Moral distress” is found to be widespread among veterinarians, a survey has found. Published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the survey had more than 800 veterinarian respondents, the majority of whom felt some ethical qualms about what pet owners asked them to do. Lead author Dr. Lisa Moses, a veterinarian with the Massachusetts […]

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Commentary: Social Media Trolling Intensifies A Jockey’s ‘Battle To Remain Mentally Stable’

Social media has become the wave of the future for racing fans, as they can follow their favorite jockeys, horses and trainers via Facebook and Twitter throughout the day’s races. Inevitably, when one of the individuals involved has a bad race, the social media backlash can turn ugly. An all-too-common example can be found in […]

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Pets Provide Needed Support To Those Suffering From Mental-Health Issues

People recovering from mental health issues benefit greatly from pets, but animals are rarely considered or incorporated into individual mental health care plans, a British study team reports. The study used 54 people, each who had been diagnosed with a long-term mental health issue, to learn about how their animals helped them with their diagnosis. […]

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Riding Improves Physical and Mental Health

Dr. Naomi Betesh, DO, reports that horse handling is health-promoting exercise, reports HorseChannel.com. This is partially due to the intensity of exercise that horse-handling generates. Exercise intensity is measured by METS, says Betesh. Moderate exercise intensity comes in between 3 and 6 METS.  Grooming and tacking up a horse registers at 3.5 METS; a walking […]

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