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
"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
"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
Copyright (c) 2009-2014 The Valley Voice