Hope in the Darkness Walk for Youth Mental Health Launch

Hope in the Darkness Event Launch Winnipeg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY JULY 13, 2020

HOPE IN THE DARKNESS WALK FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH TO KICK OFF IN WINNIPEG THIS WEEK!

WINNIPEG– Hope in the Darkness is excited to announce a 2ndNational Walk for Youth Mental Health beginning in Winnipeg on Wednesday, July 15th2020. Starting at the Canadian Human Rights Museum where the 2018 national walk ended, the walk will be led by Hope in the Darkness Walk founder Kevin Redsky.

Redsky will walk 30 kilometres a day for 90 days to raise awareness and engage communities on youth mental health and well-being. The Hope in the Darkness Walk will arrive in Vancouver on October 12, 2020. The cross-country walk was initiated by Redsky from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, who lost a niece to suicide in 2013.  

“I’ve walked half the country from St. John’s to Winnipeg to send a message to young people that as an Indigenous police officer who has walked with other officers from across the country, we understand the struggles with mental health, and the systems that have caused great harm for young people, that maintain poverty, intergenerational trauma, and racism,” says Redsky. Adding, “It is time we start changing these systems by looking at our own roles within them, and confronting the attitudes and behaviours that have no place in helping young people. We each can do better.”

While the 2018 walk along the TransCanada Highway brought together youth, families, communities, police, and mental health service providers from the east and west coasts, the 2020 walk will have a large online component focusing on live streams, virtual updates and zoom sessions connecting communities and organizations from across the country. 

Participants can get involved by ordering Hope in the Darkness gear, snapping photographs or video of themselves in their gear and uploading the photos and videos to social media, where they will also be shared on the Hope in the Darkness website. People are also urged to participate in Hope in the Darkness’ weekly social media challenge called #tshirtfridays. 

“We’re calling on mental health workers, police, child welfare, communities to show their support by getting their Hope in the Darkness gear and joining the walk online,” says Redsky. Adding, “In these unprecedented times, despite every challenge we are facing, we need to show young people now more than ever, that we stand up for them, we believe in them and we see them.”

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For more info contact Harmony at 807.464.2929, email walkforyouthmentalhealth@gmail.comor visit hopeinthedarkness.ca, Twitter: @YouthMHWalk, Instagram: @walkforyouthmentalhealth and facebook: facebook.com/walkforyouthmentalhealth.

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