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Inuvik RCMP bring grade 8 together to talk about mental health during RCMPTalks

Press Release

February 3, 2020

On Thursday, January 30th, a group of Grade 8 students from East Three Secondary in Inuvik listened to a videoconference by YouTube personality Joey Kidney, author on the topic of mental health.

The videoconference was part of RCMPTalks, a National RCMP initiative offered to youth from all over Canada. Throughout the year, different topics are selected and schools are chosen based on which school would benefit the most from the session. This Thursday’s session was being offered to schools located in the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, and Nunavut.

As part of this initiative, Inuvik RCMP delivered learning activities in the classroom prior to the videoconference. Then, the Grade 8 students developed social awareness initiatives on the topic of mental health.

“The students created a three-parts project to better educate themselves and their peers” explains Cst. Nick Mysko, project coordinator. “The students are planning to have Inuvik RCMP members attending the school to provide a mental health presentation to other classrooms. They are also preparing signs for the school with local contacts on them with whom students can contact if they need help”.

During the presentation, the Inuvik students asked Joey Kidney where he gets his inspiration, to which the guest speaker replied that he draws inspiration from celebrities he knows, such as Justin Bieber, who has struggled with mental health issues.

RCMPTalks is one of several initiatives developed by RCMP National Crime Prevention Services, in coordination with RCMP Divisions, that aim to promote youth engagement and empowerment.

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Contact information

Julie Plourde
Media Relations Officer
Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT
(867) 765-3712
[email protected]

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