Crisis team dispatched to First Nations community amid rising numbers of suicide attempts.April 11, 2016
That’s how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described news that there were 11 attempted suicides within a 24 hour period in the Attawapiskat First Nation community.
The attempted suicides have resulted in the community declaring a state of emergency.
In March, there were 28 suicide attempts and more than 100 since last September.
A crisis team, including mental health nurses and social workers, has been flown to the community.
But the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says long-term support for the community is needed in addition to immediate action.
According to studies from Health Canada, suicide and self-inflicted injuries are among the top causes of death for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
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