Students seek mental illness support with companion animals

Students seek mental illness support with companion animals

Freshman film major Adrianah Tucker says she has struggled with depression for years, and her pet birds are a source of support that help her through her tough times.

“I have struggled with depression since I was 14,” Tucker said. “My birds help me stay calm and give me something to care for. They help me cope when I’m in a dark place.”

Students living in Wayne State residential halls are not allowed to have pets — with the exception of emotional support animals.

According to WSU policy, an emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to an individual with a disability.

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