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Talking about Addictions – Another Healthy Choice

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YELLOWKNIFE (November 27, 2013) – Youth in the Northwest Territories have a new weekly 30-minute radio show to celebrate their healthy choices about drugs and alcohol.

Feel Real Radio features a youth host, youth interviews, stories from across the territory and music by NWT musicians.  Hosted by 2013 Inuvik high school graduate Jacey Firth-Hagen, Feel Real Radio airs Thursdays at 7 PM on CKLB-FM or can be heard as a podcast. It celebrates positive and inspiring stories of NWT youth who are making healthy choices – particularly when it comes to alcohol and drugs.

The program was developed by the Department of Health and Social Services in collaboration with the Native Communications Society. The show went on air on November 21st and will continue through the end of February 2014, including the holiday break.  It is part of a new My Voice, My Choice outreach to NWT youth that also includes a website with information about alcohol and drugs, podcasts, and ways to connect with Feel Real Radio.

“The new website and radio show provide a platform for youth to talk to other youth,” said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Service. “We hope this campaign will encourage youth to talk about the challenges with addictions and make healthy choices for the rest of their lives.”

“Basically, the Feel Real Radio show is saying that the youth are our future,” says Lawrence Nayally, the lead producer for Feel Real Radio.  “Let’s listen to what they’ve accomplished, what they’re doing in their communities to strengthen their connection to each other, and also what’s important to them.”

Youth are being encouraged to join in conversations with My Voice, My Choice and Feel Real Radio through social media.  The campaign includes opportunities to participate through Twitter, Facebook, and a toll-free comment and suggestion line at 1-855-254-REAL. Visit http://myvoicemychoice.ca/for more information.

Investing in prevention, education, and awareness is a priority of the 17th Legislative Assembly. Increasing communication about addictions and delivering My Voice, My Choice activities to youth are key actions identified in A Shared Path Towards Wellness: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.

For more information, contact:

Damien Healy
Manager, Planning and Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927
Email: damien_healy@gov.nt.ca

Lawrence Nayally
Dehcho Announcer/Feel Real Radio Producer
CKLB
Tel: (320) 295-7695
Email: lawrence.nayally@cklbradio.com