Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Federal Gov't News

Suicide is a Community Issue

Strahl tells House more work needed on prevention

Released by R. Pearsall for MP Mark Strahl


MP Mark Strahl delivers addresses the House of Commons on the issue of suicide and it's prevention.


hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl stood in the House of Commons today to address the issue of suicide prevention:

"Mr. Speaker, on September 4th, I hosted a roundtable with local mental health service providers in Chilliwack to discuss suicide prevention and mental illness, as part of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's '308 Conversations' initiative.


"We talked about innovative programs that were working, and talked about gaps in the system of care.

"We identified the importance of mental health first aid training, not only for front line emergency services personnel, but for the general public. We talked about problems in getting patients the mental health care they need, when they need it, especially in emergency situations and we discussed the challenges of treating concurrent disorders in mental health patients.

"I'd like to thank all of the participants for their contributions, and for their work in our community.

"Mental illness has an enormous impact on our society. We need to talk about this issue and educate ourselves on the factors that contribute to it.

"Together, we must continue to share the message that help is available if you are suffering. Together we must continue to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness."


Watch MP Mark Strahl's speech in the House of Commons here.


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