Read about how Westbourne Grammar School partnered with Dogs Connect to work through post COVID-19 challenges with their beautiful wellbeing Dog Maple.

Amid concerns over declining attendance and worsening student mental well-being following COVID-19 lockdowns, data shows a significant drop in national primary and high school attendance in 2022. Approximately 20% of students report low levels of mental well-being, leading to increased support for anxiety and stress. Some schools are adopting innovative approaches, such as introducing wellbeing dogs to promote emotional support, reduce stress, and enhance overall mental health. These wellbeing dogs provide connection, comfort, companionship, and support. They play a crucial role in creating calming environments in schools, ultimately aiding students’ well-being, learning, and attendance.

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