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    Hicks: Suicide prevention and the responsibilities of leadership

    Our Nunavut political correspondent Jack Hicks on Canada’s “national disgrace”.

    Proof that gradual but steady reductions in rates of death by suicide are possible is not hard to come by.
    The developed country with the highest overall youth suicide rate is New Zealand. Their most recent data show that the country’s youth suicide rate has dropped from 44.1 per 100,000 in 1995 to 29 per 100,000 in 2009 – a decline of one third over 15 years.
    The New Zealand government is evaluating the effectiveness of its 2008-2012 strategy, and preparing to launch an updated plan. “We want every young person who needs help to receive it in a way that works for them — and that is why the package will be delivered through schools, health professionals, online and at home,” says the Associate Minister of Health. “We also want parents to know where to turn which is why we’ve developed a new fund to provide information to parents, families and friends.”
    Isn’t it interesting how little we hear about what is arguably Canada’s biggest suicide prevention success story? Continue Reading