Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Breaking silence around suicide

By SHAWN BELL, SRJ Reporter 15.SEP.09

Suicide remains a major problem in the Northwest Territories, where suicide rates are regularly more than twice the national average.
For the health planner of the GNWT, much of the problem has to do with the stigma of suicide that keeps people from openly discussing the issue.
“Our goal this year is to have people not be afraid to talk about suicide,” said Sara Chorostkowski, health planner for mental health with the GNWT. “The message of our campaign is that it is important to talk about it; that is what is going to save a life.”

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