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Auditor calls for action to combat suicides in northwest Sask. – meadowlakeNOW

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201995 Views

Dec 05, 2019

Saskatchewan’s auditor has laid out a number of areas she believes the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has to improve to address the risk of suicide in northwest Saskatchewan.

In her 2019 report, which was released Thursday, Judy Ferguson said the average suicide rate in northwest Saskatchewan in 2018 exceeded the provincial average rate by almost 50 per cent.

That area recorded 27.9 suicides per 100,000 people in 2018. The rest of the province had a rate of 18.7 suicides per 100,000 people.

The issue came to the forefront again recently after a number of suicides on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, as well as other First Nations in the province.

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