Therapy animals enhance human health and well-being. They can positively impact our physical, social and emotional lives. Whether helping to encourage struggling readers, motivating someone to participate in groups, or providing comfort to someone who is upset, therapy animals are increasingly recognized for their value.
Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy
- Builds positive self-esteem
- Reduces stress-inducing hormones and raises happiness hormones within the body
- Provides non-judgmental, selfless love and attention
- Can enhance cognitive development
- Can promote more prosocial behaviors in children
- Helps decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Increases social and verbal interactions in children
- Aides in decreasing anger, anxiety, and depression
Wellness Consent Form
- Wellness Consent Form
Authorization of Services
- Grief and Loss Support
Experiencing, witnessing, or even hearing of a traumatic incident such as this may affect a child or adult in a variety of ways; therefore, it is very important that students be given ample opportunities to ask questions and to talk about their reactions. For some students, the death of someone they know may remind them of other losses in their lives. For others, this may be their first encounter with such a traumatic event.
- Procedures for Referrals
Procedures for referrals: 1. Referral – By principal and/or counselor via email to Wellness Counselor. If parent or teacher ask for a referral, principal and/or counselor will email Wellness Counselor with student info and concerns. Wellness Counselor will contact family. 2. Referrals must go through your principal and be in email for documentation. 3. Attached is a consent form you can use for documentation and write student concerns on back. Make a copy for your files and sent to Wellness Counselor.
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 24/7
DIAL 988 for help. Call 888-468-9370
The Mission of the Mathis Police Department is to enhance public safety through proactive community oriented policing. We envision a city where people can enjoy a safe and secure environment, free from harm and where citizens and police share in maintaining a quality standard of living. Mathis Police Department Motto: Do the right thing. Integrity. Do the best you can do. Honesty. Treat people the way you want to be treated.