Today, at exactly 6:42pm, a motion was passed in the House of Commons calling for a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in Canada. Here’s the motion:
“That the House agree that suicide is more than a personal tragedy, but is also a serious public health issue and public policy priority; and further that the House urge the government to work cooperatively with the provinces, territories, representative organizations from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, and other stakeholders to establish and fund a National Suicide Prevention Strategy, which among other measures would promote a comprehensive and evidence-driven approach to deal with this terrible loss of life.”
This is truly a significant day for suicide prevention in Canada.
My personal ‘thank you’ goes out to all MP’s for supporting this motion and for acknowledging that suicide is a public health issue.
Not talking about it isn’t working.