Hi, I'm Gizmo

I'm a therapy dog. I visit people in schools and other places to comfort them when they are feeling sad, mad, or worried. There are things that you can do to help yourself when you feel sad, mad, or worried.

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Congratulations from the 2023 American Graphic Design Awards

I want to congratulate you on your award-winning performance in our 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards competition. From 9,000+ entries, only a few hundred were honored including the Gizmo 4 Mental Health Book and Curriculum Kit. The competition recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals – and perhaps most important – the value they bring to clients, brands, institutions, causes. This win is a tribute to the excellence of your art and design team as well as, in particular, Melanie Meile.

Moreover, Vanguard Direct and United Way of Connecticut and the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are in great company. (Read More)

Talking with Gizmo

Gizmo, the narrator of Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health, is a therapy dog. For the past 12 years, he has been comforting people when they are feeling sad, mad, or worried and, through his Pawesome Guide, provides school-aged children with the tools they need to manage their mental health. But Gizmo is aging and in 2023 is preparing to retire with a farewell retirement tour.

We took some time to speak with Gizmo as he reflects on the impact of his work and his upcoming retirement. (Read More)