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Native community shaken by high suicide rate

The Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia is seeking help in order to with a large number of attempted suicides and suicides.

In the past six months, 40 young people have tried to kill themselves. One person succeeded.

Last year, 19 people attempted suicide. One person died on December 26, 2004, triggering the other attempts, people say.

In a community of only 850, the suicide rate is sky high. Chief Sean Atleo says the tribe needs more resources to address the problem.

Get the Story:
Suicide epidemic plagues fishing village in decline (The Vancouver Sun 7/3)
Mark Hume: Native seek help as more teens turn to suicide (The Globe and Mail 7/1)
Soaring suicide rate in West Coast village (CBC 6/30)
Ahousaht asks for help (Indian Country Today 6/27)

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