The premier is promising an immediate response to the crisis at the Cross Lake First Nation.
There have been six suicides in the past two months, and over 100 attempts in the past couple of weeks.
Greg Selinger says long term solutions such as rec facilities and other positive outlets are needed in the community.
“Ensuring that young people are at school, attending school, those kinds of very important basic day to day things are fundamentally important to give young people a sense that there’s a good use for their time and they don’t have to resort to desparate measures,” Selinger tells 680 CJOB.
He plans to meet with representatives of the First Nation this afternoon.
Health Canada issued the following statement Thursday afternoon in regards to the situation in Cross Lake First Nation:
“Health Canada officials have reached out to the Chief of Cross Lake First Nation to offer assistance, and are working with the community to help address their mental health needs in this difficult time. Additional mental health therapy services were made available in the community in February 2016 due to increased need. Additional crisis mental health therapists are also scheduled to visit the community this month.”
Health Canada says they are providing roughly $1.1 million to Cross Lake First Nation in 2015-2016 for mental health wellness programs.