Service Dog For Heather
Organized by: Hayden Williams
October 06, 2017
A service dog could change all that. Service dogs are trained to perform tasks to help mitigate the handler's disability. A psychiatric service dog can perform tasks like: searching your apartment upon returning to check for intruders and alleviate some anxiety over that process, performing deep pressure therapy (putting weight on your lap) to help calm you down during a depressive/dissociative episode or anxiety attack, forming a perimeter around you in large crowds to relieve anxiety, etc. I believe that all of these tasks could help make my life more manageable and help me get back some of my independence. Psychiatric service dogs have even been known to be helpful in allowing their handler to decrease or even stop certain medications with a doctor's permission because they no longer need the extra support that medications can sometimes provide.
I know this is a BIG ask, but I also know I've got a great system of people around me who will support me through this, just as you have supported me through my mental illnesses so far. No gift is too small--I greatly appreciate anything you feel called to give. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for considering making a donation.