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Quebec media attention on Nunavik suicide prompts health board reminder – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201915 Views

9 August, 2019

Letter warns of “contagion, media overkill and heightened risks” for suicides

Amid growing calls for action on Nunavik’s suicide crisis, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has asked media to be cautious in covering suicide in Nunavik.

The region, with a population of only about 13,000, has experienced 19 deaths by suicide so far this year.

The Aug. 2 letter to media came after a recent article published in the widely read Quebec daily, La Presse, drew attention to a Quebec coroner’s report on a Kuujjuaq woman’s death by suicide in 2018 and provided numbers on recent suicides in Nunavik.

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