WHO DOES OUR PROGRAM HELP?
Military & First Responders
Audeamus Service Dogs has developed an evidence-based, holistic and measurable mental health program focussed on the therapeutic effects of Service Dogs on veteran and first responder health. The viability of working with dogs to augment and improve mental health recovery efforts of individuals suffering from Occupational Stress Injury, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a developing field.
At present, there are few guidelines, standards and oversight to the Service Dog field in Canada. Audeamus Service Dogs has positioned itself to lead by example with a comprehensive program informed by an experienced, interdisciplinary and community-based team that draws upon the latest research evidence. It also contributes to
research on the effectiveness of highly trained Service Dogs.
Audeamus Service Dogs prides its involvement in a noble venture: Saving One Soul (canine) to Save Another (veteran/first responder).
'One in 10 Canadian vets of Afghan war diagnosed with PTSD'
Globe & Mail - May, 2018
“Nearly one in 10 of the Canadian military personnel who took part in the mission in Afghanistan are now collecting disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder – and experts say the prevalence of the disease is likely much higher among Canada's combat troops.”
'Police, fire and ambulance personnel face high PTSD rates'
Maclean's - July, 2014
"In Canada, there is a growing movement to try to treat PTSD in emergency responders. British Columbia and Alberta have recently changed worker compensation laws to make PTSD a presumptive condition. That means emergency responders suffering from the disorder will be presumed to have it as a direct result of their jobs, making it easier to qualify for compensation and treatment."