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Nunavut anti-suicide plan seeks psychiatric centre

09/12/2011 02:20 EDT | Updated 11/12/2011 05:12 EST

The government of Nunavut is hoping that better-trained teachers and more mental-health facilities will bring down suicide rates that are the highest in Canada.

The measures are part of a plan on suicide prevention released in Iqaluit on Monday.

The territory hopes that better communication between mental-health workers and teachers will catch at-risk students.

It also proposes mental-health centres for Nunavut, which currently has none.

But the plan doesn't identify how much the measures would cost and who would put up the money.

The suicide rate for Inuit youth is 11 times the national average and Nunavut has had 23 self-inflicted deaths so far this year.

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