Pride Month Series: AIR Recognizes Challenges and Successes from the LGBTQ Community

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals are more than twice as likely to have mental health disorders in their lifetime and 2.5 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety and use substances, compared to heterosexual individuals. The APA also reported that among LGBTQ youth,…

Nicole Gianfredi and the AIR Dogs and Hopewell Valley School Therapy Program

This is a special series highlighting a new partnership with the Hopwell Valley School District and each recently certified AIR Therapy Dog team from the district. To learn more about this initiative, please read here. Nicole Gianfredi was very excited about the new program to train dogs owned by Hopewell Valley staff, but wasn’t certain…

AIR Dogs: Paws for Minds Partners with Hopewell Valley Regional School District to Create a School Therapy Dog Program

Therapy dogs have been assisting people for more than 50 years, but it has been only the past 10 years that their support has expanded from visiting nursing homes and hospitals. The AIR Dogs: Paws for Minds program has helped expand the support of therapy dogs to mental wellness and suicide prevention programs in schools,…