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Attawapiskat: Four things to help understand the suicide crisis
The Canadian Press and Globe staff Last updated: Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016 1:48PM EDT
I don't think its possible this many have mental health issues, something is terribly wrong, and it NEEDS to be addressed, our youth is screaming out for help....What needs to change? What can we do about it? this is a horror....they are just starting their lives....IMHO
Well, if there are 100 suicide attempts with only one death, these kids aren't trying. Which is a good thing. It sounds like it's kind of the "thing to do", like so many very odd "things to do" that teenagers do during that time of their lives.
Our school district - and many others, and many communities at large - don't publish deaths by suicide. Other accidental or deaths by illness get the full public awareness, and articles in the paper and official school district memos sent out asking for prayers for the grieving family, but not suicides.
If you recognize it, more will do it. We had 3 suicides in a nearby middle school in a month a couple years ago, and had to place parent volunteers around the school and in the restrooms to keep from losing the whole school. Kids get an idea that they'll get attention - even if it kills them, literally - and so they'll do it.
Oh gosh this is so sad. To all doing as a mass suitable suicide. Is this a 'cult' code of honour.
I mean. I've not heard of any 'mass suicides'
Unless they've been in a clan, cult etc....
Either way those survivors need extensive Mental Health support.
I hope the help gets to them asap.. 😓
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Updated Wednesday, April 13, 2016 4:30PM EDT
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As horrible as these stories are, there should be a constant 'state of emergency' for the entire territory of Nunavut, where the suicide rate has long been ten times the national average. And beyond the statistics, the stories are horrifying -- for instance, a pre-teen child kills herself, and then her grandmother kills herself, out of a (perhaps mistaken) sense of responsibility. Awful stuff, and largely ignored by the south.
I honestly wonder what methods they're trying if so many attempts only result in one single death.
Drugs and alcohol. Meth is a dominating factor when it concerns our First Nation's people.
This is an older report, but reliable.
New America Media’s Jacob Simas and Two Rivers Tribune‘s Allie Hostler joined forces to examine how the nation’s rural methamphetamine epidemic has devastated the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California, as well as the nation’s American Indian population in general. The Indian Health Service does not track drug abuse, and hard tribe-by-tribe numbers are hard to come by, but the scope of the problem is clear.
Alcohol is the Single Most Dangerous Drug on the Plant and is legally sold in almost every town, city and state in the country and even on some reservations in the country. Alcohol abuse in the Native American community is epidemic and the leading cause of death of the tribal youth than any other drug.
Suicide can be contagious...
ETA: especially amongst teens!
Attawapiskat youth fight for survival: ‘We are all scared for them’
April 17, 2016
I hope these children get the attention that they are seeking.
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