What is your wish this Christmas?

My wish is to help people living with Disabling Mental Health Conditions to no longer have to cope alone, no longer feel overwhelmed by anxiety, traumatic memories or suicidal thoughts, no longer remain isolated and lonely, in the same way I no longer do with the support of my Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog, Daithí.

That is why I continue to give my time to Capable Creatures, and this Christmas I am asking if you will Donate today at mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind or www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997 and give the Gift of a Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog and Hope to people with Disabling Mental Health Conditions, like that which I receive from Daithí?

Following an assault by a gang of youths that resulted in a badly fractured pelvis and damaged vertebrae in my neck, I have been left with life-long disabilities and severe nerve pain. Initially I petrified about leaving home for fear of being attacked again or people hitting into my right side and aggravating the pain. Then I got Daithí and trained him as my Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog and everything changed.

By training Daithí to walk by my right side, he blocks anyone from getting too close, so I no longer feel panic-stricken and totally on edge at the thought that someone might accidentally bump my right side and cause what feels like an electric shock or attack me from behind on my right side like when I was assaulted by a gang of youths. I am able to relax, interact and make meaningful connections with people I meet when out and about.

Daithí is, also, trained to provide tactile stimulation, where he nudges or paws me to seek my attention when I experience flashbacks to distressing traumatic events or attacks from the ‘Suicide Gremlin’. This helps stop them in their track, bring me back to the present and not act upon suicidal thoughts.

Training Daithí and seeing him learn new skills and grow in confidence helped restore a sense of purpose and belief that I can accomplish something even if it was not what I originally planned for my life.

Now I want to give this gift to others with Disabling Mental Health Conditions that are preventing them from participating in life. So will you Donate today at mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind or www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997 and give the Gift of a Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog and Hope to people with Disabling Mental Health Conditions, like that which I receive from Daithí?

Once trained, Guides for the Mind Assistance Dogs will be able to follow a range of commands to help their owners manage anxiety, stress, traumatic memories, suicidal thoughts and other disabling symptoms – so they feel supported, able to be more involved in family life, able to get out into their communities, able to handle social situations and interact with others, able to partake in everyday activities that so many people take for granted & thus removing the barriers to achieving the things they aspire in life. You can be part of something new and innovative and make a real difference by Donating Today at mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind or www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997

The difficulties of living with a Mental Health Condition are often exacerbated by the stresses and expectations to be happy and enjoy the festivities – it can just be too much.

By donating to Capable Creatures this festive season mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind or www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997 you will help us transform the lives of more adults affected by disabling mental health conditions, by enabling us to assist people with disabling mental health conditions train their Guides for the Mind Assistance Dogs and continue to hold our monthly Peer Support Health Dog Walks.

So please donate this festive season at mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind or www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997 and make a meaningful difference to the lives of people living with Mental Health Conditions and together we can achieve great things.

You can make a one off donation at www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997 or https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=109210

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By choosing to make a regular on-going donation you will help ensure Capable Creatures is able continue our work and support more people with mental health conditions well into the future by ensuring it has ongoing funds to sustain our work

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You can also choose to make a regular on-going donation by completing the standing order form attached to this email and returning it to us here at Capable Creatures.

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If you would prefer to donate by cheque or by another off-line means please contact me at capablecreatures@capablecreatures.org or 02380559163 for more details.

Maybe, you still have some last minute Christmas gifts to buy and you haven’t a clue what to get someone or they already seem to have everything that they need – why not make a donation to the work of Capable Creatures on their behave at www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/73997 or  https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=109210 and email me to let us know and I will email you a donation certificate that you can send to them.

Some examples of the things your donation can purchases

£10 – will pay for a Dog Trainer ID Card required to gain access to shops/public places to train dogs

£10 – will pay for a monthly Peer Support Dog Walk

£25 – will pay for a training session for one of our clients and their Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog in Training

£30 – will pay for a Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog jacket for a small dog

£40 – will pay for a Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog jacket for a medium dog

£60 – will pay for a Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog jacket for a large dog

I do hope you have a fabulous Christmas no matter what you are doing and please, do spread this message among your networks and people who may be interested in supporting people living with mental health conditions, share the details on social media, choose to make a donation or volunteer your time and skills.

You can read more information about the work of Capable Creatures at www.facebook.com/capablecreatures and at www.capablecreatures.org or you can email me at capablecreatures@capablecreatures.org or phone me on 02380559163 for further information

 

If you or someone you know living in Southampton with a mental health condition might benefit from training their dog as their Guides for the Mind Emotional Support Assistance Dog please do not hesitate to contact me at capablecreatures@capablecreatures.org or 02380559163.

 

If you are reading this and it is an emotionally difficult time for you please take a look at the support organisations on this Page that are there to help. Also, if you live in or around Southampton I will be holding a Peer Support Health Dog Walk on Boxing Day, 26th Dec 2017, at 11.45am on Southampton Common, meeting outside the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre and would love you to come along.

 

 

 

 

 

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