Groups want more gov't services after teen suicide pact
A high school hallway is seen in this file photo. (CTV)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, November 23, 2012 7:29AM PST
A network of inner city groups in Vancouver is demanding an immediate shift in the funding and delivery of provincial government services, in hopes of keeping kids safe.
The Network of Inner City Community Services says 30 youths in Vancouver's Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood formed a suicide pact, and 24 were hospitalized in late September as a precaution.
Discovery of the pact among the 12 to 15-year-olds followed increasing incidents of self-harm by youth in the same neighbourhood over the summer.
Experts say the government has not provided an adequate, long-term response to children and families and must start using schools, community centres and other public assets to offer mental-health and support services -- and also to keep dropouts connected to area schools.