An isolated community has declared a state of emergency after a third child in six months committed suicide.
Jolynn Winter, Chantel Fox and Jenara Roundsky, all 12 years of age, have tragically taken their own llives since January.
It’s thought that the girls made some sort of suicide pact last summer.
Jenara was the latest to have died, when she was discovered last week at a hockey rink in Canada.
The area is said to be an impoverished rural community, in Wapekeka – a reserve populated by Canada’s aboriginal community – according to the Mirror.
The area is home to just 2,000 people and 40 of their youngsters are believed to be at risk of suicide.
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Jolynn and Chantel committed suicide within two days of each other back in January and after Jenara’s death, Chief Brennan Sainnawap declared a state of emergency to try to combat the suicide crisis.
In wake of the recent tragedies, Health Canada have pledged nearly $400,000 for a local suicide prevention initiative.
Last year, in the town of Attawapiskat, which is also in Canada’s Ontario province, the Mirror reported that more than 130 of its 2,000 people tried to end their lives in the first four months of the year alone.
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A suicide pact by 13 youngsters, including one aged nine, was uncovered when they were overheard in a grocery store.
Tragically, one of the schoolgirl’s – Sheridan Hookimaw – was one of those to commit suicide after she had been bullied for her chronic breathing difficulties, diabetes and rheumatism.
Despite not being a factor in Sheridan’s death, her great-aunt Jackie Hookimaw, believes drugs and alcohol are partly responsible for the high suicide rates in rural Canadian communities.
Drugs and alcohol play such a huge part in what seems an unbreakable cycle.
Such addictions, lack of opportunity and having no facilities are robbing us of our young people.
The youth, our future is being taken out.
14-year-old Karissa Koostachin, a former addict who tried to take her own life several times, has now become a powerful voice for a campaign to get help from her town’s elders and the government.
For a year I was in treatment but my world was shattered into a million pieces when Sheridan died.
We all have grown up in a culture where bullying and intimidation is rife and to escape such problems young people turn to drink and drugs.
Karissa believes young people especially need other ‘distractions’.
My problems got so bad I tried to take my own life on several occasions.
I was taking speed, but I wasn’t alone, 30 of my friends and relatives tried as well.
If you need to speak to someone, Samaritans are available 24/7 by calling the free number, 116 123.
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