Is one child related to you?
Students are suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness, and peer, parental and societal pressure.
They suffer from suicidal thoughts and feelings. They are “handling it” by inflicting self-harm.
Is everything OK?
The current terrible situation in Attiwapiskat, a native community in Northern Ontario, is dramatic horrifying and heart wrenching. There have been 39 suicide attempts in six weeks in a community of 2,000–including 11, last Saturday.
Here’s a Toronto Star piece on the tragedy.
The provincial government is sending in people to help but that, while good, is a band-aid solution.
The helpers, just for example, don’t really nave a place to stay while they are trying to assist. How long will they be able to sleep in tents or whatever?
The problems are huge. They will not be solved in six weeks.
Aside from “normal’ (if we can call it that and we must because of the frequency of the attempts) situations, these remote native communities face problems we don’t have in the south: no water or poor water, poor housing, poor medical, fire, police and educational resources.
Add to that alcoholism, no jobs, physical and mental abuse…the horrifying list goes on in one of the richest countries in the world.
It is a disgrace.
It is also a problem in non-native communities
I’ve been warning of this for years and some help is available but not much –certainly not enough.
Here’s a fairly comprehensive article on it by Julie Scelfo of the New York Times.
If you have a son or daughter at risk send them to Dropout to Dean’s List.
Please read this and if it affects you, or even if you think it might, act on it.
(LINK) Maybe I can help you son or daughter (or you, if you are a student reading this).
Here is another article from Dropout to Dean’s List and self-Knowledge College on self-harming students.
And here’s one to indicate to you signs you can look for in at-risk students
At the very least I understand the problem and have assisted others.
This is far more serious than you imagine.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call me: 905-584-0617
I can help sometimes.