Students suffering from stress, anxiety and depression have received a helping paw from the university’s dog therapy session.
Sharron was able to spend five minutes with the dogs between lunch and her next lecture.
“They’re really cute and relaxing, especially when you’re stressed,” she said.
“You’ve got something to look forward to on a Thursday afternoon, I know I really look forward to it when I’ve got three hours of lectures.”
Rachel, a second year student, said: “I’m much more calm when I’m around dogs than when I’m not.”
Natalie Best, owner of Mouse, regularly brings her dog to the therapy sessions in the union. “A lot of students cry, I find. Mouse sits on their knee and they just cry.
“I started doing this six years ago when my mum had early onset dementia.” She noticed that having a dog sat on her lap would calm her mother down again.
When Natalie’s not providing sessions for students, she can be found giving dog therapy in care homes.
“They might only be happy in that moment and then when you’re gone they’re not,” she said.
“They talk to the dog and they’ll sit there and think it’s there dog. At least you’re visiting them, a lot of them don’t get visitors.”