Monday, April 11, 2016

Spate of 11 suicide attempts in 1 day prompts emergency in small Canadian community

A First Nation community in Ontario, Canada, has declared a state of emergency after 11 of its 2,000 inhabitants tried to take their own lives on Saturday. There were 28 suicide attempts in Attawapiskat in March, and more than 100 since September last year.
The spate of suicide attempts has so far claimed one life in the community, Chief Bruce Shisheesh told CBC News. The youngest person to attempt suicide was only 11, with the oldest being 71.
"I'm asking friends, government, that we need help in our community," Shisheesh said. "I have relatives that have attempted to take their own lives... cousins, friends."

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