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According to new data from the province, there were more deaths by suicide in Nova Scotia in 2021 than in any other year at 142. A clinical psychiatrist is urging government to quickly address this preventable problem. Doctor Simon Sherry is a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He has previously commented on the suicide crisis in Nova Scotia and he says we need to get control of the situation. Dr. Sherry says although there were fewer deaths by suicide in 2020, the economic support and psychological services are less available as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. He says roughly 20 people are directly and intimately affected by a suicide. And there has been no additions to the framework released by the previous Liberal government. He says it falls short of real targets, timelines and monetary commitments. And he says action is needed now before the problem grows any further. If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call 911 or Nova Scotia's Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-429-8167.
According to new data from the province, there were more deaths by suicide in Nova Scotia in 2021 than in any other year at 142. A clinical psychiatrist is urging government to quickly address this preventable problem. Doctor Simon Sherry is a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He has previously commented on the suicide crisis in Nova Scotia and he says we need to get control of the situation. Dr. Sherry says although there were fewer deaths by suicide in 2020, the economic support and psychological services are less available as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. He says roughly 20 people are directly and intimately affected by a suicide. And there has been no additions to the framework released by the previous Liberal government. He says it falls short of real targets, timelines and monetary commitments. And he says action is needed now before the problem grows any further. If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call 911 or Nova Scotia's Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-429-8167. read more read less

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