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James Middleton to make documentary about how his dogs saved him from depression

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The Duchess of Cambridge's brother is known to be very open about his struggles with mental health. Now he's making a dog-umentary exploring how his dogs have helped him.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 27/02/2020, 19:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


James has never shied away from discussing his mental health struggles, describing his depression as being a “cancer of the mind”. He now plans to share how his dogs have helped him through his battle with depression and will see him interview others about their mental health experiences.


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The documentary will follow James and explore how dogs can have a positive impact on anxiety and depression.

Special bond

James has been outspoken about how his large canine family that includes Cocker Spaniels Rafa, Luna, Inka, Ella, Zulu and Golden Retriever Mabel, have helped him get through some of his darkest days. His beloved pups are regularly featured on his Instagram account.


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Little Ella is particularly special to James as she has been his constant companion for over a decade. She accompanies James to all his therapy sessions and he has previously credited her with keeping him going. Ella also volunteers with the charity, Pets As Therapy as a therapy dog.

Hope for documentary

James hopes that the documentary series will show just what an important role dogs play in our lives and the incredible love and support they give their owners.


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