Springfield Illinois native and clinical psychologist Patrick Weichert is an active volunteer. He is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) where he provides examinations and advice to veterans and regularly consultes with the Humane Society. Patrick Weichert is passionate about rescuing and training abandoned and abused Border Collies and Siberian Huskies.
Volunteering is often promoted as a way to help others who are less fortunate than yourself or who are in immediate of assistance. While this is certainly true, volunteering can also be beneficial to one’s mental and emotional health. This is primarily because volunteering provides a safe environment to connect with other people while doing work to improve one’s own community. By volunteering, you will make new friends and contacts, which exposes you to a wider circle of people who share common interests and regional closeness. This is especially important for people who struggle to make new acquaintances or who are shy.
Working together with others can be an important tool in combating a number of mental issues and stressors. For example, volunteering is a helpful aid against stress, anger, and anxiety. Whether you are working with people or with animals, positive interactions with others will reduce feelings of helplessness by giving you a sense of purpose and teamwork. In addition, volunteering helps create a solid support system for people suffering from depression.
Patrick Weichert volunteers to help other veterans and animals in need. Through his work with DAV and the Humane Society, he continuously gives back to help those in need.