Capable Creatures

Guides for the Mind Get Barking Launch Event on 23 July 2016

 

Can you imagine being panic-stricken at the thought of leaving home – or having electrifying nerve pain – or being plagued by suicidal thoughts and petrified that you might not be here tomorrow?

That was Lise Marron on being assaulted in 2002, who still suffers electrifying nerve pain and mental health disabilities due to the injuries she sustained. So, she trained her dog, Daithí, to walk by her right side, blocking anyone from accidently touching her, which would aggravate her pain. He is also trained to seek her attention and help her refocus on the present when she is distressed by suicidal thoughts or traumatic memories.

Capable Creatures was formed by Lise and Janet Bache, both local Southampton women. Together, they are holding a Launch Event for the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’, to raise funds to train Mental Health Assistance Dogs, or what Lise has coined ‘Guides for the Mind’.

The Launch Event will premiere the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’ Video, followed by people taking the Let’s Bark Challenge, by barking, uploading it onto social media, donating and nominating someone else to take the challenge.

The event takes place on the 23rd July 2016, from 11.30am to 2pm, in the Third Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH.

These specially trained dogs will enable people with Mental Health Disabilities, in Southampton and surrounding areas, to manage their conditions and participate in everyday activities.

 

Awaaaz Radio caught up with Janet and interviewed her about the event:

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Even, if you are not able to show your support at the Launch Event, on the 23rd July, you can still take the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’ and donate at mydonate.bt.com/events/letsbarkchallenge or by contacting Lise Marron on 023 80559163 or capablecreatures@capablecreatures.org

 

These dogs are not to be confused with Emotional Support Dogs or PAT (Pets as Therapy) Dogs. ‘Guides for the Mind’ Assistance Dogs are trained to undertake specific tasks. This training costs money.

 

1 in 4 people experience a Mental Health Condition each year, so it could be any one of us needing a trained ‘Guides for the Mind’ Assistance Dog. You can donate now by going to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind

 

For more information please visit www.capablecreatures.org or you can like Capable Creatures on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capablecreatures or follow them on Twitter @Guides4DMind.

 

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