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Nunavut government promises $35-million to battle suicide in the territory



Kent Driscoll
APTN National News

In 2015, the premier of Nunavut declared a state of emergency over the high rate of suicide in the territory.

A year later, money was provided to put stop gap measures in place to deal with suicide with a promise to write a more comprehensive plan in 2017.

This week, government officials met with police, grassroots, and various organizations to come up with that plan to combat a problem that is more prevalent than anywhere else in Canada.

“Putting supports in place takes an organization making a conscious decision to get on board and actively support mental health,” said Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes.

The territory will spend $35 million over five years on programs.

kdriscoll@aptn.ca

 

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