Aboriginal Group in Vancouver Calling for Access to Mainstream Mental Health Resources
In Brief [tw: suicide, suicide pact]
Scott Clark, executive director of the community coordinated social service ALIVE (Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement), is calling for the government to make existing community services more accessible to aboriginal Canadians. The call is prompted by a suicide pact involving 30 aboriginal teens of ages 12 and 13.
Many who knew the teens saw evident signs of self harm, but there was nothing done until the situation became an emergency when the students were hospitalized following a mass suicide attempt.
“The government has instituted what is effectively an apartheid system. This is morally and ethically wrong,” said Scott Clark, at a press conference Tuesday.
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