June is more than a month here at NAMI NC. “June” is also our honorary mascot here at the NAMI NC offices. Officially, the pet of NAMI NC’s Peg Morrison, when she first made her appearance earlier this year, the staff in the NAMI NC office has adopted June too. She puts in her work hours brightening up the day with her sunny disposition and companionship.

Animals can support us more than we may realize. Recently a study found evidence that emotional support animals benefit those with chronic mental illness. Researchers documented lower anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as changes in key stress and bonding biomarkers. News item on this study can be found here.