STATEMENT ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

NDP Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) issued the following statement to mark World Suicide Prevention Day:

“September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year worldwide. As a Member of Parliament in Northern Saskatchewan, it is pivotal to acknowledge the reality of suicide in our communities.

The annual suicide rate in Saskatchewan's Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority, which includes La Loche, Beauval, Buffalo Narrows, Green Lake and Ile a la Crosse, is the highest of any health authority in the province. At 43.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people between 2008 and 2012, the northern health region has a suicide rate more than triple the provincial rate of 12.7. 

Circumstances related to economics and social policies are the social determinants of health. Indigenous communities, including First Nations and Métis, face gaps and disparities in dynamics, such as economic opportunities, literacy, and community well-being. The government must play an important role in tackling these disparities. 

Among the things that the federal government can do is provide immediate and around the clock mental health services in Northern remote communities. It can also insure access to cultural activities and post-secondary education for youth and young families. I will continue to bring these concerns to Parliament as the session resumes this month.

Every year, families and communities hear about a loved one who has either attempted suicide or succeeded in taking away their own life. We must go after the root cause of suicide and instill hope, particularly among our youth.

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 Here are co-organized events in our communities to mark World Suicide Prevention Day:  

In La Loche: http://georginajolibois.ndp.ca/world-suicide-prevention-day-walk-in-la-loche

In La Ronge: http://georginajolibois.ndp.ca/world-suicide-prevention-day-in-la-ronge