Attawapiskat without permanent mental health workers, months after suicide crisis – CBC

James Bay community lacks housing to accommodate additional full-time workers

Oct 26, 2016

Permanent mental health resources are still missing in Attawapiskat, Ont., six months after the remote James Bay reserve’s chief and council declared a state of emergency over a surge of suicide attempts, according to the North East Local Health Integration Network.

The problem is a lack of housing.

“We want to move to a permanent phase, but we need to work with the chief and council to ensure permanent housing,” said Carol Philbin Jolette, the North East Local Health Integration Network’s senior adviser for the James Bay Coast.

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