From the Winnipeg Free Press–Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth in Canada, sparking a consortium of child advocates from across the country to call on all levels of government to implement a national prevention strategy.
In a 25-page paper released Tuesday during a conference at Winnipeg’s Fort Garry Hotel, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates highlighted a pressing need for aggressive, collaborative efforts to decrease youth suicide. The paper drew on public reports and available data from 10 provinces and two territories.
“Suicide amongst young people in Canada is preventable, and we can no longer tolerate the inaction of federal, provincial and territorial governments,” said Del Graff, child and youth advocate for Alberta, who addressed media on behalf of the other provincial and territorial representatives.
Central to the paper were three calls to action directed at the federal government.
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