Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Aboriginal Group Calls for More Mental Health Funding in Wake of Suicides

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Aboriginal Group Calls for More Mental Health Funding in Wake of Suicides

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More funding needed for Eskasoni:group

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ESKASONI, N.S. - An Aboriginal advocacy group is calling on Ottawa to put more money into a crisis line and mental health supports for a Nova Scotia First Nation that has seen a string of suicides recently.

The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs says Indigenous Services Canada should provide more long-term funding for the roughly 4,500 people who are part of the Eskasoni First Nation and its distress line.

Chief Bob Gloade of the congress called the situation "extremely urgent," almost a week after Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny said multiple suicides have underscored the need for more health-care resources in the Cape Breton community.

At the time, Denny called on all levels of government to step up, noting that more long-term funding is needed for culturally informed mental health, trauma and addictions services. …

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