Editorial: Cries for help

It’s getting to be a fairly common occurrence for daily events responded to and released by Terrace RCMP to include suicidal residents

ITEM: Suicidal 17-year-old girl. Police apprehended the girl under the Mental Health Act and transported her to Mills Memorial Hospital.

ITEM: Suicidal 26-year-old man. He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to Mills Memorial Hospital.

ITEM: Suicidal 29-year-old woman. She was transported to Mills Memorial Hospital.

It’s getting to be a fairly common occurrence for daily events responded to by Terrace RCMP officers as released by the local RCMP detachment (and published online at www.terracestandard.com) to list instances where local people are in enough personal distress to contemplate taking their own lives. Whether the rate here of people who are in such distress is higher than elsewhere is difficult to determine for not all RCMP detachments release this kind of daily activity log.

But as Terrace Standard reporter Margaret Speirs outlined in a feature article this past January, numbers of apprehensions under the Mental Health Act for all types of reasons are climbing. And as Constable Angela Rabut points out in an email to columnist Claudette Sandecki the number of apprehensions is released to the public so that it can educate itself.

If you have not been reading the police reports, you should. And then insist that these cries for help are answered by appropriately-financed and staffed agencies.