There’s a big development happening right now on social media. It’s called the MotherLove project. It was started by Ladies who Lunch originator Catherine Landry in support of the Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. The Cree Nation is facing a suicide epidemic. Six youth suicides in the past three months; 140 people attempting or threatening to kill themselves in a recent two-week period; more than 100 kids on suicide watch. And it’s not just the youth, but adults too. It IS an epidemic.
Here in Ottawa, hopelessness seems to be the dominant feeling too. I see an average of 45 youth each week and our outreach teams make contact with another 45 youth each week.
This past weekend, I got a total of 4 crisis calls from suicidal youth.
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