Paws to reflect and reset – Herald Sun

As written in the Herald Sun by Tia Haralabakos, Thursday 8th of September 2022 

Tireless healthcare workers can expect some appreciation in the form of licks and cuddles from a few furry admirers on R U OK day.

On Thursday, Lort Smith’s pet therapy teams will visit seven sites across Melbourne to check in on frontline staff.

The presence of pups creates a safe, comforting space for healthcare workers to strike a heart-to-heart about mental health and wellbeing among colleagues.

Lort Smith’s community program’s manager Megan Nutbean said dogs were natural connectors that set the tone for a meaningful chat. “Friendly dogs make us feel safe and open up,” she said. “Affectionate canines of all shapes and sizes join in on therapy sessions,” she said.

“It is all about bringing love and comfort to people and putting smiles on their faces.”

R U OK? Day is a national day of action where Australians are encouraged to start meaningful conversations with each other.