I light up my human's 👩🔬 life and help her through bad days, so I'm proud to be a host for my friend Ellie's contest 😘❤️🐾 @ellie_in_cambridge .
**Mental Health and Pets Contest**
We are hosting a contest to start a discussion on how our pets help us with our mental health! Hopefully this discussion will raise awareness and decrease stigma associated with talking about mental health struggles, as well as express gratitude for how our animals help us in so many different ways.
1. Follow all hosts
2. Using the hashtag #petsandmentalhealth , post a photo representing how your pet helps you with your mental health and describe that in your caption - maybe they cuddle with you, maybe they get you outdoors, maybe they connect you to other people. This contest is open to everyone and responses can range from “my pet cheers me up on bad days” to “my pet pulled me out of my depression” to “my service animal helps me deal with my anxiety” and everywhere in between. Be authentic and honest.
3. ABSOLUTELY no shaming of anyone else’s story. Anyone shaming anyone else in ANY way will be disqualified.
4. You may post with the hashtag as many times as you like, and we encourage people to continue adding to the conversation! However regardless of how many times you post, everyone using the hashtag will be entered only once into a random draw. This is to ensure that the contest does not become a way to value some stories over others, or to judge who has struggled the most.
•A £50 (or currency equivalent) donation to a mental health charity of the winner’s choice, made in the winner’s name
•A tag from @purewildernessco
•An Adventure and Awareness calendar from @mayaandava
•A bandana from @bandedpines
•The winner will also have their story shared
The contest will last from Nov 18 to midnight PST on Nov 27. Entries open worldwide but winner will have to pay shipping on prizes if international to host donating the prize. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram.