Algonquins of Barriere Lake struggling with a mental health crisis – APTN News

Algonquins of Barriere Lake officials in northwestern Quebec are struggling to address a months-long mental health crisis.

Their community of Rapid Lake, located about four hours from Montreal, has had a dozen suicide attempts in the last two and a half months.

As well as two members who have taken their own lives.

“The latest suicide hit a lot of people because she was such a huge person, she was a friend to everyone and she was just…that person, you know?” said Nicole Ratt, director of the Barriere Lake Health Centre  “We didn’t think that would happen. That she would do that.”

According to Ratt, the community’s team of front-line workers has been thinned by burnout.

“We had a 24-hour crisis response team going on the weekends, there’s a total of four left. We were a team of ten,” explained Ratt.

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