Suicide rate still high among Manitoba's Native youth

Columnist discusses the high rate of suicide among Native youth in Manitoba: the overall numbers are numbing.


Last updated 9/28/2013 at 11:49am

Suicide has reached epidemic numbers in Manitoba and across North America. Suicide is like walking blindly off a cliff. The line continues.

The office of the chief medical officer reports that during the 10-year period between 2003 and 2012, the office of the chief medical officer has recorded 154 deaths by suicide among children and youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

Not that there weren’t even younger children—and older youths—who tried and succeeded. In 2011, when 10 kids who died by suicide—the lowest number in that decade-long period—another 11 youths, aged 18 and 19, also died by suicide.

The medical examiner doesn’t track the deaths by ethnicity, but not surprisingly, aboriginal youth are alarmingly over-re...

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