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'It's good medicine': St. David students go outside to celebrate Child and Youth Mental Health Week

Child and Family Centre organized multiple free family events Monday

Families are being encouraged to go outdoors and be active during Child and Youth Mental Health Week, which runs May 7-13.

The Child and Family Centre organized a number of free family events Monday under the theme Reconnecting with Nature.

These free events included a medicine walk at St. David Catholic Elementary School guided by Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, traditional co-ordinator at Shkagamik-Kwe Health.

Kids received teachings about medicinal plants and participated in outdoor learning on the school's beautiful new grounds.

"We're excited: we're in a new building, we're in a new outdoor space. We really believe that nature and everything about nature is very important when we talk about mental health," said Dawn Wemigwans, principal at St. David's Catholic Elementary.

"Especially with our youth. Getting them outside, getting them breathing in that good air, learning more about culture and identity, it's all kind of goes together. It's good medicine." 
"Child and Youth Mental Health Week allows us to raise awareness, advocate for child and youth mental health services, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems," said Linda Dugas, executive director of the Child and Family Centre.

Allana McDougall

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Allana McDougall is a new media reporter at Northern Life.
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