Layers of pain gripping BC First Nation in midst of suicide crisis

Reeling from a recent spike in suicides and suicide attempts, a Vancouver Island First Nation took the drastic measure of calling a local state of emergency.

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Reeling from a recent spike in suicides and suicide attempts, a Vancouver Island First Nation took the drastic measure of calling a local state of emergency.

Usually reserved for natural disasters, the community’s leadership is hoping the declaration spurs federal and provincial government action.

Within weeks of each other, four people killed themselves by hanging.

Since January, First Nations health care workers have received over 50 calls for help.

APTN National News reporter Rob Smith travelled there and found a community desperately searching for answers.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.