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,”
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
For more information on the 308 Conversations initiative please visit;
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