Breaking through the stigma of mental illness with psychiatric
service dogs and well educated, teen mental health advocates.
IN-SCHOOL SERVICE DOGS
The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs (TESSD) in Newtown, CT encourages both public and private schools, that have a strong desire to support their students’ mental health, to implement our In-school Service Dog & Teen Advocate Program. TESSD is one of the only organizations to provide exceptional psychiatric service dogs to teens and young adults with disabilities such as PTSD, Severe Depression, or Severe Anxiety Disorders. We have an unwavering commitment to making sure that students living with a mental illness are able to get service dogs. They should not have a limited education because of a disability that can be mitigated, helping them return to school, improving attendance, and attend college as part of their future plan; all resulting in the ability to live independently.