Paws for mental health: 4 Wing welcomes feline guests

Major Kael Rennie plays with a cat
Major Kael Rennie plays with a cat from the Lakeland Humane Society during “MEOW-GA” inside the Mackenzie school at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta on January 24, 2019. Photo: AB Justin Spinello, 4 Wing Imaging

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All through the month of January, 4 Wing Health Promotion supported the “Mental Health Awareness – Reduce Stigma, Create Awareness, Talk About It” Campaign with several creative and informative events.

The aim of this campaign is to educate Canadian Armed Forces members on mental health, mental fitness and mental injury. The campaign encourages them to think outside-the-box in terms of mental health, and promote self-care and relaxation techniques. Social wellness is a fundamental pillar of the Strengthening the Forces Health Promotion programming.

Participants enjoyed a relaxing yoga session that ended with a 15-minute cat cuddle, courtesy of the Lakeland Humane Society on January 24. Courses on mental fitness and suicide awareness provided a wealth of information. Information boards and ideas for steps to a positive attitude about mental health were featured in the main lobby and hallways of Colonel JJ Parr Sports Centre.

Image gallery

  • Major Kael Rennie plays with a cat
  • Corporal Ashley Funk stretches while a cat from the Lakeland Humane Society watches
  • Sergeant Amelie Cote stretches while a cat from the Lakeland Humane Society watches
  • Corporal Victorea Babin plays with a cat from the Lakeland Humane Society
  • A yoga participant preforms the “Pigeon Pose” while a cat from the Lakeland Humane Society rests on her
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