Second annual Winter Wellness events successful

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Wellness can take many shapes for different people. With that in mind, for the second year in a row, the Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network (SLAM) and partners have held wellness events in January. This year, the adults did line dancing and the youth learned to cook, made friendship bracelets, shared a meal (without phones), and painted a reindeer.

“The line dancing event was so much fun!” says Johanna Hahn, one of the participants. “It was great to be able to bring friends, meet new people, and learn such a cool skill, all in an effort to bring awareness to mental health.”

It was organized by the Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network (SLAM) and Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake. This was in keeping with SLAM’s theme of Healthy Connections and Positive Activities.

The event was put on by SLAM, Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake, the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, and the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council. It was paid for in part by a grant from the Rural Mental Health Network, which is part of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Some youth and volunteers make friendship bracelets while waiting their turn to cook at the Youth Winter Wellness event.
Teenagers learn how to cook lasagna at the Youth Winter Wellness event on January 28 at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. The youth helped make the meal, ate together, and did a painting.
Line dancers at a Winter Wellness event on January 20. Participants learned a few dance routines from Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake instructors and socialized while eating fruit kabobs and other snacks.

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