Manitoba’s Advocate for Children and Youth says the province has begun addressing dozens of recommendations aimed at tackling systemic causes of youth suicide and addictions.
Sherry Gott released her annual report card Thursday on the province’s implementation of her office’s recommendations since 2018.
Gott says she’s most concerned over recommendations for improving mental health, addictions and disability services.
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In 2022, her office recorded one of the highest number of suicides by youth under 21, the leading cause of death for Manitoba’s children and youth ages 10 to 17.
Gott says policies and programs that address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of young people are needed.
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