The Woodstock community is working to understand the area’s recent spike in youth suicides.
In 2015, no suicides were reported.
This year police say there have been 5 suicides and many more attempts.
Community member, Gail Evraire, launched a Facebook page called YOUTH Suicide Prevention in Woodstock.
The page has gained over 5,000 members since its launch last week.
“[Group members] have made a point of commenting on all of these kids stories in a positive manner,” Evraire tells CHML. “I’m watching these kids respond back, saying they didn’t realize how many people actually cared.”
Evraire also says a poll run on the page pointed to stress and bullying as the top reasons for suicide attempts among youth.