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Zero Suicides campaign: Dog therapy program hopes to break silence

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Suicide is a topic most people like to remain quiet on, but a dog therapy program called Freedom, Recovery, and Empowerment with Dogs looks to break the silence.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is working on a dog therapy program that would shift pressure onto our four-legged friends to help members battling with co-occurring disorders.

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Liz Kover, who is working with BHRS to get this program fully launched in the coming months, is training a puppy to lead the program.

Kover said these therapy dogs amplify traits they already have naturally. The dogs are meant to create calming environments that Kover hopes will ease members into talking about difficult matters, such as suicide.

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