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    Jack Hicks

    Nunavut, a territory in the Canadian Arctic with an 85% Inuit population and a devastating suicide rate, has just released a long-overdue suicide prevention strategy. It can be found at As a member of the Working Group that developed it, I would be happy to answer any questions…


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