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High suicide rates for Indigenous youths sparks action from Alberta government – Calgary Herald
by ahnationtalk onSeptember 11, 2019117 Views
September 10, 2019
With Indigenous and Metis youths five to six times more likely to die by suicide than non-Indigenous youths, Alberta is faced with a public and mental-health crisis, according to an expert.
Within the Indigenous community, the bulk of suicide deaths involve youths, whereas middle-aged men make up the majority of suicide deaths within the general population, according to Mara Grunau, executive director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention. The numbers are alarming and demonstrate a need for improved resources and support for Indigenous youths in the province, she said.
On Tuesday, which was World Suicide Prevention Day, the provincial government launched a two-part graphic novel and video series designed to support Indigenous and Metis youths struggling with their mental health. The graphic novels were written and illustrated by First Nation and Metis people with input from more than 100 youths from across Alberta.