Hope in the Darkness Walk nears Mattawa, Ontario.

OPP members along with Curve Lake FN, Pikwakanagan, Renfrew County Anishinaabe Cultural Circle/FCS, Salvation Army and Kevin Redsky, Photo taken in Petawawa for Hope in the Darkness walk. Raising awareness about youth mental health. Photo via OPP Indigenous Bureau on Twitter.

(MATTAWA, ON) – The “Hope in the Darkness” walk for Youth Mental Health initiated by Anishinabek Police Services Sergeant Kevin Redsky, has entered North East Region (NER).

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising motorists that there will be an increased pedestrian presence on the Highway 17 corridor through the NER starting in Mattawa, Ontario on Friday, June 15, 2018. The walk continues to White River until Thursday, July 5, 2018 concluding the NER leg of the initiative.

‘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, and  started on April 1, 2018. The walk will provide police officers and youth with the opportunity to take a stand on youth mental health and the supports that are needed nationally.

Intended to be a call to action for Indigenous and non-Indigenous police officers that have worked with youth in crisis, the walk is providing officers with an opportunity to meet with youth and listen to their stories along the way. With support from a number of police services from across the country, ‘Hope in the Darkness’ is working with schools, youth groups, Indigenous communities, mental health services and families to encourage youth participation in the walk.

For more information please visit us on our website at, https://www.apscops.org/hopeinthedarkness/ or email to: [email protected], call us at 807.464.2226 or check us out on social media.

Please drive safely and always be cognizant of pedestrians who may be walking along our highways.

OPP members along with Curve Lake FN, Pikwakanagan, Renfrew County Anishinaabe Cultural Circle, Salvation Army and Kevin Redsky. Photo taken in Petawawa, Ont. by OPP Indigenous Beureau on Twitter.