N.W.T. gov’t needs to reckon with issues contributing to suicides of young people, says health minister – CBC

Loss of young people in 2021, 2022 ‘shocking’, says Green

Oct 05, 2022

The N.W.T.’s health minister says the territory needs a “whole-of-government” response to address a spike in suicides this year.

Earlier this week, chief coroner Garth Eggenberger released data on suicides from 2021 and the first nine months of 2022. In that period, 29 people died by suicide — eighteen of them this year.

Deaths by suicide have increased “dramatically” in the Beaufort Delta region, Eggenberger said.

Health Minister Julie Green spoke with Loren McGinnis on The Trailbreaker Wednesday morning to discuss the latest numbers and what the territory is doing to address the situation.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-health-minister-julie-green-suicide-statistics-1.6606772

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