Spending time with animals / pets

Lots of people find spending time with animals a really fun and soothing way to help their mental health. This could look from playing with or stroking a pet, volunteering at a local animal rescue project or visiting a local farm, zoo or pet shop. A lot of people find it very calming whilst also helping them to get away from their usual thoughts.

‘Cats don’t talk back’

If you don't have a pet or know anyone you can pet-sit for, why not consider volunteering for RSPCA or Blue Cross?  Not only will you get to spend time with animals but you'll gain new skills which you can add to your CV and may help improve your confidence!

Why not send us your pet images?

  • Cute!

  • Very cute!

There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.

If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.

Did this activity help your mental wellbeing?

If yes, why do you think it helped?

What would you say to other young people who are thinking of trying this?