What's being a growing problem: teen suicide is shaking even small populations. This time it is Canada's small community of native Indians, Wapekeka First Nation, that is shocked after three of their teenagers, all 12, took their own lives, in what appears to be a strange suicide pact.
As reported by the Canadian newspaper Toronto Sun on June 13, Jenera Roundsky, when she was just 12 years old, she would have sent a note to a friend saying goodbye to her, and then committed suicide, following the same steps that two other young women had already taken.
CBS News reported that several girls reportedly signed a suicide pact last summer, which began implementation on January 8, when Jolynn Winter took her own life, followed by Chantel Fox, just two days later.
Now, Chief Brennan Sainnawap has issued a state of emergency declaration for the town of some 400 people, among whom it is estimated that at least 40 of his teens are at risk of suicide.
The most alarming thing is that, despite taking some preventive measures to stop this problem, not much has been done. For example, in the case of Janera, she was in a center because she was at risk of killing herself, but she had recently returned home.
“We don't have enough staff to continue seeing 24/7 people who are at high risk; We tried, but we just don't have the resources, " Joshua Frogg told that news network.
After the suicides of the first two girls, the Canadian Department of Health promised to address this problem. However, now that the town has declared a state of emergency, local authorities hope to receive more aid.
Last year another small indigenous community in Ontario (Attawapiskat), which has about 20,000 inhabitants, experienced something similar as it was declared in a state of emergency by a wave of suicide attempts among adolescents, after that between April 1 and 9, 11 were registered.