Searching for solutions to the North's quiet epidemic

Dunleavy, Natalie
December 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/4/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 12, p1488
Academic Journal
The article reports on community-based programs aimed to curb the high suicide rate in Northwest Territories. Such programs, as cited, focus on community counselling, educating community wellness workers and recruiting mental health counsellors and clinical supervisors. It is stated that suicide has become the major cause of death particularly among aboriginal youth in the district. Experts at the 2007 Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention Conference noted that the trend will be reversed through increased support for community-oriented prevention strategies. This means that communities are given the opportunity to create a prevention strategy of their own, with a support from the federal government.


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