Crisis team dispatched to First Nations community amid rising numbers of suicide attempts.

Apr 11, 2016 | National | 0 comments

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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