We were awakened this morning to news of yet another suicide here in town. A young man, common-law to one of Leah's cousins, shot himself. I don't have much to add apart from what I wrote at Chris' death a very short while ago.
Except for this. I sat down this morning and without taxing my memory too much I came up with fifteen people from Arctic Bay that had killed themselves in the nine years since I've been here. There are others but these were the ones that sprang immediately to mind.
Over those years Arctic Bay's population has probably averaged 650 people. To put these deaths into some sort of perspective, that rate alone would translate to some 1,700 suicides every year in Winnipeg, 12,500 in Toronto, 2,700 suicides in Ottawa, 5,200 in Vancouver and well you get the picture. Those would be suicides annually.
Do you think if there was that kind of death toll down south that there might be more resources committed to the problem. Heck, it might even be an election issue.