“Having a dog has changed my life. I get exercise, I get affection, I get unconditional love.”
The bond between humans and animals is ancient.
Spending time with animals has been shown to have many benefits to your mental wellbeing and physical health. Pets can be relied upon to be loyal and trustworthy, as well as a source of comfort. They have personalities, and for many of us, they're just like another member of the family. Pets often behave in a way that complements and supports us.
A pet can help us feel safer in the neighbourhood, which is vital for our mental health and wellbeing. They are also a great talking point at community gatherings and events.
Local pet enthusiasts and groups can be helpful in many ways. For instance, pet-minding services are very useful if you are not able to be at home or take your pet for a walk.
Pets can make us laugh, looking after them can teach us certain skills, and they can play a big part in boosting our wellbeing.
A closer look
Pets can be a highly beneficial addition to the family
Pets can have a role in formal mental health care
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world
Pets can have a significant effect in aged care situations
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.