The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates will release a report on youth suicide. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Children’s advocates from across Canada releasing research on youth suicide

WINNIPEG — Children’s advocates from across the country are to release research today on youth suicide.

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates is calling on all levels of government to take action.

The council includes members from nearly every province and territory and the research is to be shared at a national conference in Winnipeg.

Statistics Canada figures show suicide was the second-leading cause of death among Canadians between the ages of 10 and 35 in 2017.

One Manitoba First Nation called a state of emergency last month after four deaths and 22 attempts this summer alone.

Ainsley Krone, deputy Manitoba advocate, says information on youth suicide is collected in various ways across the country, so reliable national data can be a challenge.

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