Accessing mental-health services in the North can be an intimidating ordeal — especially as a young person.

But after a recent experience with the system himself, one Yellowknife high school student is trying to make things easier for his peers.

Devon Hodder started Northern Minds after an experience at Stanton Territorial Hospital made him realize his fear of navigating the mental-health system was unfounded.

“I’ve been struggling throughout my life, and I never really did anything about it,” he said.

“Then, one day, I was picked up by the RCMP after someone called, because they were concerned.”

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