By Jaymie White Local Journalism Initiative Reporter WEST COAST- Mental health is a hidden epidemic simply because one can’t always see the symptoms. Individuals across all cultures, ethnicities, and ages can fall victim to it. However, as more is understood about the complexity of mental health, more programs, services, and treatments are being offered to help those who are struggling. In 2018, the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network (NAWN) began its own program called Elders and Youth: Breaking the Silence on Mental Health, which is a culturally based, youth-focused project for Indigenous youth around the ages of 9-14. As youth develop a relationship with their Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, they are learning where they come from and their identity as a First Nation person will become stronger. Co-ordinator Mary
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