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More Suicide Attempts in Canadian Attawapiskat Tribe

Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency last month after 11 of the tribe's members attempted suicide in one weekend

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    More Suicide Attempts in Canadian Attawapiskat Tribe
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    File image of the village of Attawapiskat in Ontario, Canada. There have been more than 100 suicide attempts and one death since September among the residents of Attawapiskat.

    At least six more members have tried to take their lives in the past few days in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 that has declared a state of emergency over repeated suicide attempts, its chief said Sunday, NBC News reported.

    There have been more than 100 suicide attempts and one death since September among the residents of Attawapiskat, in a remote section of Ontario. Eleven of the tribe's members attempted suicide in one weekend and 28 tried to do so in March. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent teams of doctors and mental health workers last month to address the issue.

    Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the Attawapiskat First Nation told the CBC last month there's no single explanation for the horrifying number of suicide attempts. He said homes in the remote community are crowded with 14 to 15 people, bullying at school is rampant, sexual and physical abuse are common and drug abuse is at crisis levels.