A Dog Walking Set Up To Help Men Through Their Depression

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DUDES & DOGS

Rob Osman is the mastermind behind this program. He is from Bristol, the United Kingdom. He has dealt with depression and anxiety his entire life. He has been struggling for a long time and he found out that the only time he felt at peace was when he walked his dog. 

He realized how healing it can be, to walk your dog and live the moment with nature. He knew that it had some kind of spiritual healing and the benefits from nature could heal depression and anxiety. He wanted to share this healing process with other men as well, so he went ahead and gave life to the program named “Dudes & Dogs”. His main goal was to help men through their depression.

“To get men out in the fresh air together for a walk and talk”

 

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On the group’s website, Osman had explained how walking his dog helped him personally through depression and anxiety. 

“I think I can consider myself one of the lucky ones in life. I had a good upbringing, fit and healthy, got an amazing family. I guess I fit into the ‘big jolly guy’ category. I hope I do, that’s nice. But yet, I’ve suffered a bit too. I broke my back which put paid to my hopes of playing at a decent level of cricket. I then had to have an operation a few years later when I thought everything was getting better and was reduced to living in my sisters windowless basement smoking far too much weed to care.”

“But yet, I’ve suffered a bit too. I broke my back which put paid to my hopes of playing at a decent level of cricket. I then had to have an operation a few years later when I thought everything was getting better and was reduced to living in my sisters windowless basement smoking far too much weed to care.” 

“I lost my dad in my 20’s. Not that unusual, but still something that can have a massive effect on my mood. The bit that very few know about; I’ve suffered with social anxiety since the age of about 10. When I was younger it manifested in basically throwing my guts up in pretty much any social situation, especially where girls were involved.”

 

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He also explains how it helped him emotionally through his mood swings.

“Picture the scene. It’s one of those horrible wet and windy c****y cold days that we do so well in the UK. There’s no way in hell I want to go out in this, especially not the way I’m feeling.”

“But there’s the dog, she doesn’t care that I feel like crap today. She doesn’t care that the weather is rubbish, she just wants to get out and play. With me. Really? Yes really. And you know what, it’s been the best therapy I’ve ever had.”

He further explains why he thought of going ahead with Dudes & Dogs.”I’ve always known I’ve wanted to do something to help people, just never quite sure what. I started to get a good idea of what it was and decided the place to start was a psychology and counseling degree with the Open University.” 

“In the meantime, I’ve been looking to see where else I could help, through talk groups and charities, but I also started thinking about what had helped me hugely, and that was the fresh air and getting out with my dog, the good it does me is for another time.”

“But when I was reaching out to others, part of my message always said, come on a dog walk and it reaffirmed what I already knew. This was a way I could help people. By giving them what I had. That time out, that time away, no signal, no noise but nature, just time.” 

 

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Many men found this very interesting and wanted to take up his offer.

“The whole concept of dudes & dogs is fantastic,” one regular wrote. “I am having a pretty c**p time of it lately and meeting Rob and the dudes is gonna be a massive help and I must admit to a couple of blossoming bromances which is awesome. Can’t recommend this highly enough.”

And another comment: “I joined the trial walk on Saturday morning and if the trial is anything to go by, I can confirm that a Dudes & Dogs Walk takes you to good places, both physically and mentally.”

Little gestures like these are what we need from the community today. People deal with depression more than the world is aware of. You might find someone happy and smiling but he/she could be faking it. People are good at putting on a mask. To hear that someone out there cares about these personal traumas and doing something about it makes the world happier. 

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