Pointing fingers will not solve Aboriginal youth suicide – Troy Media

Northerner Aboriginals have a tendency to glorify death without even realizing it

WESTBANK, BC, Aug 16, 2013/ Troy Media/ – The Aboriginal community is reeling from the recent suicide of an 11 year old boy in Nunavut.

And before the shock has even had a chance to wear off, the finger pointing began. Did the boy commit suicide because he was living in an isolated northern community? Did he suffer from abuse? Were mental health services not readily available? Was there not enough funding for suicide prevention programs?

The reality is that northern youth are more likely to dream about their funerals than their weddings. This needs to change, immediately.

While there is an obvious need for more accessible mental health services in the north, the majority of the blame cannot be shifted away from traditional support systems. A more proactive approach is required if we are to find meaningful solutions.

Read more: http://www.troymedia.com/2013/08/16/pointing-fingers-will-not-solve-aboriginal-youth-suicide/

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