13 first responders, 13 suicides, 10 weeks

Are the Numbers right? Are they Counting Native Youth? I wonder

Global News

Watch above: Ontario eyes new protections for frontline responders. Alan Carter reports. 

TORONTO – Two more of Canada’s first responders killed themselves this week, bringing the total number of suicides by Canadian paramedics, firefighters, police officers, dispatchers and prison staff to 13 in roughly ten weeks.

Nancy Nadeau, a police officer in the Quebec city of Levis, killed herself with her own service weapon on Tuesday, according to Le Journal de Quebec.

And an unidentified police officer in Ontario killed themselves overnight, according to Vince Savoia, the founder of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust.

The revelations come as Ontario’s government tries to figure out what public institutions can do to address post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness among Canadians whose job it is to charge toward violent, traumatic situations when everyone else runs the other way.

Canada’s suicide rate was about 10.8 per 100,000 in 2011, according to…

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