VANCOUVER— Liberal Health critic Dr. Hedy Fry made the following statement today on World Suicide Prevention Day:
“Suicide is a preventable tragedy that has touched every Canadian in some way. This is why in the autumn of 2011, Liberals launched a day of action on suicide prevention, designed to raise awareness and call for the creation of a National Suicide Prevention Strategy in partnership with the provinces, territories, First Nations, Inuit, Métis and other stakeholders.
Though the Liberal motion received Conservative support, it has been a year and the government has failed to act to prevent this tragic loss of life. Instead it has cut funding to Canadian Forces suicide prevention and post-traumatic stress disorder programs, as well as to Aboriginal youth suicide prevention, despite the fact that both these groups have very high suicide rates.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, I urge the government to initiate a comprehensive and effective National Suicide Prevention Strategy. I encourage all Canadians to help remove the stigma of suicide by bringing this important mental health issue into the light.”
To view the Liberal petition on suicide prevention, please click here.