James Middleton involved with new documentary on dogs' impact on mental health: report

By Heather Cichowski

James Middleton involved with new documentary on dogs' impact on mental health: report

In what's sure to be exciting news for royals fans, reports say James Middleton is going to be taking part in a documentary on the connection with dogs, mood and mental health.

The project, reportedly titled James Middleton's Super Dogs, will further explore how canines can help with mental wellness. Duchess Kate's brother will reportedly share his story about how his dogs were there for him when he dealt with depression, according to The Sun. James will also meet others who will share their similar experiences.

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There has yet to be an official announcement from James about the film or when viewers can expect it to air, but it sounds like a brilliant project that will further spur important conversations regarding mental health.

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This is something about which Kate's youngest sibling has long been passionate. James is a self-confessed "dog dad" to a host of adorable pups including Ella, Zulu, Inka, Luna and Mabel.

He frequently shares photos of his four-legged pack and highlights the benefits of pets as therapy on his Instagram.

On Feb. 11, the British businessman shared an update reflecting on what it has been like since he first went public with his battle with depression and how his very good pups aided him.

"It’s been over a year now since writing publicly about my experiences with clinical depression and how my dogs played a vital role in my recovery," he wrote.

"This year I want to focus on hi-lighting how amazing dogs really are, not just from a pet perspective, but how your physical & mental health can benefit too (and much more).
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In January 2019, James wrote a candid op-ed for the Daily Mail in which he addressed his battle with depression for the first time. In the emotional piece, the 32-year-old revealed he had dyslexia since childhood and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) in 2017.

He credited his supportive family, including his pets, for helping him on his journey.

"I recognize, too, the role my dogs — Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel — have played in my recovery," he penned. "Ella, particularly, has been my constant companion for ten years and she’s been with me to all my therapy sessions. In her own particular way, she has kept me going."

Last October, James also gave a special shoutout to Ella in recognition of World Mental Health Day.

The Instagram photo he included shows the sweet black cocker spaniel looking lovingly up at her owner.

“This is Ella & these are the eyes which helped me get through the insufferable darkness,” James wrote. "The gentle touch of your wet nose and a loving lick was enough to make me feel brave. I will forever be in your debt. Thank you Ella."

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