Canada Taking the Lead Internationally on Military Mental Health & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Wounded Warriors Canada is honoured to help bring together 162 ill and injured soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen (both serving and retired) to Nipawin, Saskatchewan for a weekend of mental healing and group camaraderie.

From August 1st to August 6th, the town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan will once again open its arms, this year welcoming international Wounded Warriors from Australia and the United Kingdom who will join the delegates from Canada and the United States. Further, in response to the overwhelming support by the citizens of Saskatchewan, this year's event has been provincially designated a civic holiday titled, "Wounded Warriors Weekend" by the provincial legislature.

Last year's event was a transforming experience for everyone, those who were wounded and those who were there to help. The healing of damaged souls was visible and it was clear how nature, music, compassion and support refreshed, nurtured and strengthened the delegates. In the end, friendships were struck, families bonded and networks were created.

"Following the immense success of last year's Wounded Warriors Weekend, we are very excited to expand this event, welcoming Wounded Warriors and their families from our allied nations," said Wayne Johnston, Founder of Wounded Warriors Canada. "Mental health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are not only serious domestic challenges, but are equally so internationally and, as such, it is great to see Canada taking the lead on these all too important issues."

Blake Emmons, Wounded Warriors Canada Provincial Coordinator (Saskatchewan) & Director of Wounded Warriors Weekend, commented, "The fact that we are presenting Wounded Warriors Weekend one more time is a testimony to the incredible understanding and support the people of our province feel towards our troops. We're proud that our province has been in the forefront in helping to raise awareness to the challenges of PTSD in particular, that these brave young men and women face on a daily basis."

About Wounded Warriors Canada:

Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members - be they full time, reservists, or retired - who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada.

Through a wide range or programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left our soldiers in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of PTSD, perpetrated by Operational Stress Injuries. Overall, however, their mandate is to help any Canadian Forces member in need as they transition to civilian life.

SOURCE: Wounded Warriors Canada

For further information:

Scott Maxwell
Executive Director

Wounded Warriors Canada

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