Easing Emily’s Anxiety: Psychiatric Assistance Dog
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Having a Little Angel by my side would help me along my road to recovery and allow me to experience life to the fullest.
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The Story

Seattle, WA

Seattle University senior Emily Nielson has a strong bond with her family who has always been supportive. She is nearing her graduation date of June 17 and has plans to stay in Seattle, Washington. As an athlete throughout high school, team culture has played a large role in her life. She continued cultivating that team spirit as a varsity coxswain for Seattle University’s Women’s Rowing program. The support system of her family, teammates, and coaches has been invaluable to her, especially when she is struggling to face the day because of her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Emily has struggled with depression and anxiety after going through a traumatic event in the eighth grade. In high school, her mental health continued to decline as she began experiencing vivid flashbacks, terrifying panic attacks, and bouts of deep depression that left her flat and withdrawn. With the support of her friends and family, she began seeking medical help and visited multiple therapists. Emily was officially diagnosed with major depression and PTSD during her sophomore year of college. Her rowing coach and teammates supported her through this difficult time and have continually been a loving community.

“Through therapy and lots of loving support, I am developing stronger coping mechanisms and have been more able to reach out to friends and loved ones when I need help,” Emily said. “But there are still days when I feel limited, unable to interact with the world the way that I want to.”

To regain her independence, Emily recently reached out and was approved to receive a psychiatric assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs of San Diego, California. The service dog will be trained to sense when she is beginning to have a panic attack or flashback and provide a calming presence to ease the anxiety. Her Little Angel will also be able to provide boundary control and lead around corners to alert Emily if someone is on the other side. “Having a Little Angel by my side would help me along my road to recovery and allow me to experience life to the fullest,” Emily said.

While a service dog can be life changing, the cost for the extensive training is around $24,000. Emily has already been able to raise about $7,000, but is hoping to raise the final $17,000 through RedBasket.org to offset the costs and begin the training process. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help Emily experience the security and companionship of a psychiatric service dog. Share her story today!

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