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Walk So That Kids Can Talk

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Canada’s largest walk to support child and youth mental health and well-being, this walk has a presence in Niagara headed by a team of passionate community-minded Niagarans.

The event is in support of Kid’s Help Phone, an organization founded on the principle that every young person has the right to be heard and to decide his or her own course of action. For kids struggling with depression, lack of confidence, anxiety, stress or any other issue, this organization provides an opportunity for them to call and be heard without judgment. And that is at the core of the Kid’s Help Phone program. No matter how serious the problem, the professional counselors at Kid’s Help Phone help young people to see the issue from different angles, assess the problem, brainstorm ideas for the next step and find confidence to choose the approach that works best for them.

The service is designed to provide a place for kids to turn when they feel stuck. Some of the reasons for calls are bullying, dealing with a mental disorder, anxiety in school, violence or aggression at home or with peers, being in between clinical treatments and needing to connect with someone in the meantime, or just feeling lost and in need of a lifeline. This walk works to support each of those demands with the opportunity to reach out.

In 2012 Kid’s Help Phone saw a surge in phone calls and online postings from youth in need. The funds raised at this walk will directly impact the ability for Kid’s Help Phone to provide this essential service to young people from Niagara and beyond.

So how do you get involved? Visit www.walksokidscantalk.ca and sign up to do the walk, or support a community member who is already signed up. Everything you do helps.

The walk is on Sunday May 5th and begins at Jaycee Gardens on Ontario Street. Registration is at 8:30am, walk starts at 10:00am.

You can learn more about the local event here: http://www.walksokidscantalk.ca/locations/niagara/

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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