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The walk is ending but the journey continues.

Hope in the Darkness - Walk for Youth Mental Health wrapped up in Winnipeg this evening. The cross-country walk began April 1st, though participants' starting points varied.

Sergeant Kevin Redsky of the Anishinabek Police Service in Ontario says the walk was inspired by the loss of his niece, Jaylynn McIvor, to suicide, in Winnipeg five years ago.

"I believe in life and spirit we all have a purpose, so I truly believe this is Jaylynn's purpose, and we're here carrying it out as walkers, sharing, gathering information from our youth, from our front-line workers, what's working and what's not," said Redsky at a press conference at the Oodena Circle at The Forks this morning.

Redsky walked 4,500 kilometres, starting in Newfoundland.

Standing White Bear, who lives in Rat Portage First Nation near Kenora, took part in the walk for 11 days. The 25-year-old sits on the Treaty 3 Youth Executive Council, and he's been on the Ontario First Nations Young People Council and the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council representing Ontario. He says he's been affected by mental health issues himself, has struggled with addictions, and has attempted suicide three times. He says his family also lost his sister-in-law to suicide. Standing White Bear says the walk was a healing, emotional experience for himself, but his primary focus was to show young people that people care for them.

"Mental health has always been a very important and key advocacy point for me. So it was a great opportunity, because I spent so much time around this country talking the talk... to strap on some sneakers and actually walk the walk," said Standing White Bear during the press conference.

Sergeant Redsky says the walk is a challenge to police to stand together to unite for youth and give them a voice.

"We're first on scene. We're there when the youth are struggling in crisis, to share with them. You're sitting at the hospital for four or five hours, right, so you have nothing better to do than talk. So they share their frustrations, they share what they think would help them. There's a definite gap there that needs to be addressed and hopefully this will help fill that gap," says Redsky.

Redsky says youth are screaming for help. He wants the mental health conversation to be normalized in schools, and he wants programming for police to be able to follow up with the youth they see in crisis. He also says there's an immediate need for improved mental health services, recounting a conversation he had with a 16-year-old in Membertou, Nova Scotia, on day 25 of his walk.

"'I needed help yesterday, not four months from now,'" is what Redsky says the girl told him.

The walk ended at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Presentations are being held at The Forks until 9 tonight.