State of Emergency declared in Attawapiskat after 100 suicide attempts in eight months
A state of emergency has been declared over the remote northern reserve community of Attawapiskat after 11 people attempted suicide in one weekend.
Last fall a 13 year old girl committed suicide in the community. Local residents believe this sparked a downward spiral of complex grief the community does not have the health care resources to navigate.
MP for the area Charlie Angus said the suicide epidemic in the remote north has been a rolling nightmare. Angus said the communities are lacking basic resources to overcome the epidemic.
There have been just over 100 suicide attempts at Attawapiskat since September. The community population is just under 2000. Federal and provincial health ministers said a crisis team was being immediately sent to the community.
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