Fundraising is underway for an outdoor getaway that will help public safety workers struggling with mental illnesses.
The River Valley Resilience Retreat will be available for anyone in Canada on the front lines of public safety, such as paramedics, police, court staff, doctors, nurses and correctional officers, and their families. The organization recently launched a GoFundMe with a $350,000 goal.
The retreat will be located on more than 100 acres along the North Saskatchewan River in the R.M. of Duck Lake.
Jeff Reeder, a firefighter in Prince Albert, is one of the founders of the non-profit organization. He said the retreat will provide alternative treatment to “conventional methods that might not be best-suited for everyone,” such as medication.
It’s based off of his own experience with an operational stress injury.
Reeder found the best therapy for him was equine-assisted programming…