Fort Simpson mayor criticizes N.W.T. government for not tracking suicide attempts – CBC

You can’t just build your programs on speculation. It makes it important to have those types of numbers’

Feb 27, 2018

The mayor of Fort Simpson, N.W.T., is questioning why the territorial government doesn’t have a system to keep track of attempted suicides in the territory, following four suicides in her community last summer.

Mayor Darlene Sibbeston grew up in Fort Simpson. She said she believes the community has a problem with the number of people attempting suicide.

“Even growing up, because it’s a small community, you hear, ‘Oh this person tried to commit suicide, that person tried to commit suicide.’ I don’t know if those numbers have ever been revealed, and also we don’t know the age groups,” she said.

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