Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Suicide Crisis in Canada

Suicide is a phenomenon that is becoming rampant. Worldwide.

In Canada, an aboriginal community declared a state of emergency following the suicide of three teenage girls.

Chief Brennan Sainnawap of the remote Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario made the declaration last week.

On June 13, Jenera Roundsky, 12, became the latest child to die as part of a suicide pact. She had reportedly texted a friend to say goodbye.

In January 2017, two 12-year-olds, Chantell Fox and Jolynn Winter, killed themselves.

The community says almost 40 youths are considered to be at risk in a town of about 400 people.

Last year, Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario declared a state of emergency after 11 people tried to take their own lives in a single day. And according to reports, there were more than 100 attempts since September 2015.

And even as tribal leaders asked Health Canada for funds to establish a youth suicide prevention program – even meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – the money that did come through were severely inadequate.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represent 49 First Nation communities within northern Ontario including Wapekeka and Attawapiskat, had informed of 17 suicides across the region between January 2016 and January 2017.

Governments must take suicide seriously. Very seriously.
Please stop being in denial and do something to help these teens.

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