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A snack, a walk, a place to talk: Labrador youth launch mental health sharing circle – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 2018123 Views

‘I’ve seen a lot of suicide in our communities,’ says Lianna Rice

Jul 08, 2018

Two young Indigenous women are inviting their peers to join them for mental health sharing circles in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in hopes of combating high rates of suicide and substance abuse in the area.

Lianna Rice and Deseray Rich are organizing gatherings at the Birch Island boardwalk where young people are encouraged to talk about their mental health — or simply listen to others and enjoy the surroundings of the scenic wetlands preserve.

“I’ve attempted suicide, I lost my brother to suicide, and I’ve seen a lot of suicide in our communities, in a lot of people that I know. So having the space to talk about it is really important,” Rice said.

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