WOODSTOCK – There’s a call for better mental health services to help stem a suicide crisis in Woodstock, Ontario.
Hundreds of students walked out of class this morning to hold a rally to bring their problems to light.
Five teenagers have died by suicide this year, while three-dozen others have either attempted suicide or expressed suicidal thoughts.
Corus reporter Natalie Lovie was at the rally, where students told her online bullying is a real problem.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the online component. A lot of students, when they talk about bullying, it’s not just face-to-face bullying. I think a lot of students see social media as reality.”
Earlier this year, the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario made headlines with a rash of suicides and suicide attempts. Now, Lovie says Woodstock’s mayor is telling the students that they city wants to lend a hand.
“He said, ‘You know, it’s great that you guys are speaking out, but we need you to continue to make your voices heard after this rally. We need you to reach out to us, reach out to other city politicians, and let them know where you need these resources.”
The students said that the school’s guidance councillors and the local hospital cannot provide the mental health help they need.