2018 Hope in the Darkness Report

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MEDIA ADVISORY
October 3, 2018

Hope in the Darkness Releases Youth Mental Health Walk Report

Peterborough, ON — Hope in the Darkness Walk for Youth Mental Health is pleased to announce the release of the Hope in the Darkness Walk Report. The report chronicles the 4 month cross-country police-led journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Haida Gwaii, British Columbia to the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Manitoba. Throughout the walk, officers met with young people, police services, mental health workers, families and communities and shared stories and strategies about community-based approaches to addressing mental health for youth.

“The walk gave an opportunity to officers to start the conversation with young people about addressing mental health and the challenges they face with mental health systems,” says Sergeant Kevin Redsky, Founder. “The officers who participated in the walk across Canada, brought their hearts into this work. They listened to people and learned about some of the most difficult struggles. It is our hope this report will be utilized by police services, by mental health services and by communities across the country.”

The Hope in the Darkness walk for youth mental health built a movement that brought both youth and members of the policing community together for a common cause to promote mental wellness, youth-led culture-based solutions and improved relationships with police. The report findings will guide the work of Strength in Continuous Change, a not for profit organization that will continue the work of Hope in the Darkness through the development of mental health, community safety, cultural lifestyle resources.

Hope in the Darkness Founder Sergeant Kevin Redsky of the Anishinabek Police Service (APS), began the trek on April 1, 2018 at the easternmost point of Canada. A western team including Robert Campbell of APS and Mitchell Boulette of Treaty 3 Police Service covered the west coast route from the westernmost point Masset in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

Hope in the Darkness partners include: Anishinabek Police Service, Mamawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Shoal Lake #40, Canadian Human Rights Museum, Kenora Chiefs Advisory, Grand Council Treaty #3, Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Treaty #3 Police Service, Sagamok First Nation, Air Canada, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Waabigoon First Nation, Nahwegahbow Corbiere, Mississauga First Nation, Thessalon First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, United Church of Canada & Aboriginal Ministries Circle Youth Leadership, Sam Kewaquado, Billy Wahpay, John Syrette, Francis & Elizabeth Kavanaugh, Erwin Redsky, Esther Redsky, Stewart Redsky, Pitblado Law/Howard Morry, Thunder Bay Police Association, TakingITGlobal, Grassy Narrows First Nation, Annelind Wakegijig, Lisa Higgerty.

Twitter: @YouthMHWalk Instagram: @walkforyouthmentalhealth, Facebook: facebook.com/walkforyouthmentalhealth
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Contact: Sgt. Kevin Redsky, Anishinabek Police Service, Tel: (807) 464.2226, Email: walkforyouthmentalhealth@gmail.com

Hope in the Darkness National Walk for Youth Mental Health is a cross-country walk for youth mental health that is led by youth and police officers from across the country. The first walk began on April 1, 2018 and was completed on August 3, 2019. The walk provides police officers and youth with the opportunity to take a stand on youth mental health and the supports that are needed nationally.

West coast Hope in the Darkness Walk starts today in Haida Gwaii!!!

MEDIA ADVISORY
May 15, 2018

Hope in the Darkness Walk for Youth Mental Health west coast start in Haida Gwaii

MASSET, BC— Hope in the Darkness, the national Walk for Youth Mental Health, is set to begin the west coast leg on Tuesday, May 15th in Old Masset, Haida Gwaii, BC at the most western point of the TransCanada Highway. The initiative is a partnership between the Anishinabek Police Service and the BC RCMP Indigenous Policing Services (IPS), and First Nation Policing Program (FNPP).

The west coast walk will be started by a team including Anishinabek Police Service Senior Constable Robert Campbell from the Algonquin from the Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake, who will start the west coast portion of the walk with BC RCMP FNPP members in Haida Gwaii. They will walk the Highway of Tears from Prince Rupert to Terrace. The journey will then continue from the Tsawwassen First Nation toward Winnipeg and will feature a team of Indigenous police officers and walkers throughout.

The walk will begin with a ceremony led by local Elder Lily Bell.

Hope in the Darkness Walk Founder Sergeant Kevin Redsky of the Anishinabek Police Service in Ontario, began the trek on April 1, 2018 at the easternmost point of Canada at Cape Spear, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Hope in the Darkness is a challenge from Sgt. Redsky to all police officers from across the country to join in solidarity for youth mental health.

“We are challenging police to join us in taking a stand on youth mental health,” says Sgt. Redsky. “We work with young people taking mental health calls every day, we need to let them know that we care about their path to wellness and stand behind them as they find purpose, meaning and health in their lives.”

“The unit is pleased to support the Hope in the Darkness, Youth Mental Health Walk for the BC route. Youth mental health is a policing priority for BC and part of the divisional youth strategy.” BC RCMP IPS Officer in-Charge A/Inspector Dee Stewart added. “Our FNPP members and youth officers deliver a variety of presentations, resources, programs and support in communities to help bring awareness and education to youth around mental health and stigma. By equipping youth with knowledge, confidence, and skills we empower them to become resilient and learn to grow safely and healthy.”

The walk is aimed at bringing together youth, families, communities, police, and mental health service providers to walk the TransCanada Highway to Winnipeg, Manitoba from the east and west coasts of Canada. Artists, musicians, athletes and dignitaries will also lend a helping hand to support youth mental health in Canada by joining the walk through various parts of the journey this spring and summer.

British Columbia dates include:
Tuesday, May 15-17 Haida Gwaii,
Friday, May 18-21 Prince Rupert to Terrace,
Thursday, May 24-June 15 Tsawwassen to Lake Louise, AB.

The west coast walk will join the east coast walk when they arrive in Winnipeg on August 3, 2018 at the National Human Rights Museum.

A crowd-funded effort, find out more at www.hopeinthedarkness.ca

Twitter: @YouthMHWalk Instagram: @walkforyouthmentalhealth, Facebook: facebook.com/walkforyouthmentalhealth
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Contact:
Sgt. Kevin Redsky, Anishinabek Police Services

Tel: (807) 464.2226
, Email: walkforyouthmentalhealth@gmail.com