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Strahl holds roundtable on suicide prevention

Released by R. Pearsall for MP Mark Strahl


MP Mark Strahl held a suicide roundtable discussion at the Coast Hotel Thursday.


suicide prevention round table discussion was hosted today by Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl at the Coast Hotel as part of the 308 Conversation Initiative launched by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).


“Suicide has enormous impact on our society. We need to talk about this issue if we are going to learn how we can help those who are suffering,” said Strahl.

The goal of the 308 Conversations campaign is to bring interested community members, associations and stakeholders together to share the best ideas and work together to create lasting solutions that will serve communities in all 308 federal ridings across Canada.

Attending the round table were representatives from Chilliwack Community Services, Youth as Gatekeepers, Options Community Services, Stó:lō Nation, University of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack Hospice Society, and Hope/Agassiz Mental Health.

Every year, in Canada, nearly 3,900 people die as a result of suicide and many more attempt to end their lives. Suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in Canada and it is the second leading cause of death next to accidents among youth aged 15 to 24. The good news is that the prevention of suicide is possible.

“We can help prevent this tragic loss of life by breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness and educating ourselves about the factors that contribute to it.” Strahl added, “I want to thank all those who shared their knowledge and experience in dealing with this issue.”

A summary of the discussion will be provided to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Drawing on the input from the round table discussions that are to take place across the country, the Mental Health Commission of Canada will release a community model on suicide prevention in the fall of 2014.

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, please call the Fraser Health Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-877-820-7444. If you need information on social services available to British Columbia residents, dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in B.C.

For more information on the 308 Conversations initiative please visit;




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