Stressed students are indulging a little “horseplay” as part of World Mental Health Day.
“Pony therapy” can reduce anxiety and depression, therapist Katy Smith told Leeds Hacks.
A string of miniature ponies trotted into the Leeds Beckett Headingley campus and Leslie Silver Building.
KL Pony Therapy are an organisation who provide a unique form of therapy bringing ponies to events or your home, in a pursuit to help with mental health as well other health or learning difficulties.
On their Facebook page it talks about founder of the organisation Katy and what she thought saying:
“Katy found that the reaction from the resident was so positive and good for them especially those that had poor mobility, co-ordination, partially sighted or those who suffer from depression, anxiety & learning difficulties.”Started as a thank you
“People can relate to the miniature ponies as they are the size of a small dog, very still and calming, which can release endorphins and reduce anxiety, depression as well as helping the elderly with a number of other conditions.”
“Horses are non-judgemental and can help children with autism, ADHD and anxiety issues,” said Ms Harris in an article for Horse and Hound
One more day 'til World Mental Health Day, and we’ve got an exciting announcement… KL Pony Therapy will be at both campuses from 10.00-12.00 (HC) and 13.00–15.00 (CC). Pop along to Headingley Student Advice Hub and Leslie Silver Gateway to meet these pint-sized celebrities. pic.twitter.com/9HZf0ozAeH
— Leeds Beckett Student Advice Hubs (@BeckettAdvice) October 9, 2019
Therapy with animals has become a popular form of treatment, as it is said there are healing qualities which arise from petting and being in the company of animals. Puppy therapy is another popular form, with universities and schools as well as elderly homes hosting these events.
Blogger Charlotte Springall states:
“Horses are used by physical, speech, and occupational therapists to reach their patients on a personal level.Children with autism also benefit from equine therapy due to the motor, emotional, and sensory sensations that come with riding a horse.”
According to Clip Clop Pony rides, “The benefits for individuals with learning difficulties, depression, anxiety and visual impairment is immense.”
Other mental health awareness events
Leeds Beckett University held various Mental Health Awareness events throughout 10th October, to create a conversation about mental health and help students cope with the hardships of university.
These events included:
- Pony Therapy
- World Mental Health Day market place
- Be well
- Lets think about love, relationships and community
- Myth busting and awareness raising of self-harm workshop
- ‘The Parting Glass’
- From Turbulence to Recovery: My Mental Health Journey