Man with mental health issues admits emotional support cat saved his life

Animals are bringing smiles on our face, every single day. They are making our lives better. However, imagine how much joy an emotional support animal can bring to his fur parent? Their role is ‘to provide some benefit for a person disabled by a mental health condition,’ but they’re actually more than that.  And this youngster from Yorkshire, England admits his emotional support cat saved his life.

“[Pixie] helps me get out of bed, leave the house on my worst days, [because] I live with bad mental illness,” Mike Robinson from Leeds told BBC News. “She comes everywhere as much as I can or as much as we can because she keeps me happy and calm.”


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The youngster is having mental health issues since he was a teenager, BBC News reports. Thankfully, with the help of Pixie,  Mike’s beloved support cat, he managed to cope with his so  hard issues.  “Pixie’s my best friend, she keeps me alive,” Mike says. “She keeps me happy and calm.”

A video of the now inseparable pair was shared by BBC England on their Facebook page and it gained millions of views in just a couple of days with people showing their love to those ‘angels,’ that we call emotional support animals.


“So glad this has helped this young man, I feel for anyone who has a mental illness, it’s not easy, a lot of people don’t understand how it makes you feel…,” on person wrote.  While another one added: “Lovely story animals give you so much affection.”

Watch Mike’s and Pixie’s incredible bond bellow:

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