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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