While therapy animals are not a new concept, hugging cows in the name of wellness is gaining popularity not just in its origin country, but in the U.S. as well.
Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked.
Annually, 500,000 Americans attempt suicide. According to Mental Health America of Wisconsin, another 30,000 die by suicide each year.
According to an August survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40% of Americans are struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The funding would come from the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division's reserves to enter into a partnership with the sheriff's office.
As fall creeps in, the echoes of a long summer still ring in the minds of police, and the tension of nightly protests has taken its toll on officers' mental state.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says the month of August saw a 300% increase in suicides over the previous month.
Researchers said the findings suggest people all over the world are consuming too much technology and news, which is generally making them feel more anxious.
The CDC mental health survey found that younger adults, minorities, essential workers and unpaid adult caregivers have been disproportionately impacted.