ANGUS CHAMPIONS MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA 308 CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM:
Charlie Angus to help shine a light on the issue of suicide in Canada
May 8th, 2014 - 11:49am
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched #308conversations, a national grassroots suicide prevention campaign that invites each of Canada’s 308 Members of Parliament (MPs) to lead a conversation with their constituents about suicide prevention. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus is one of their ‘Champion MPs’ who has agreed to partner with the MHC to take a lead role on the campaign.
“I have seen the tragic toll suicide has taken in Timmins-James Bay. But I have also seen the brave folks who step up to make a difference. New Democrats believe that we can do better to ensure resources are in place to help all Canadians.”
Every year, there are 3,900 suicides in Canada – 90 per cent of which can be attributed to a mental illness or mental health problem. Over the summer months, MHCC is challenging MPs from all political parties to bring together interested community members and stakeholders to share information about what is working and where the gaps are when it comes to suicide prevention in their communities. The goal is to engage Canadians from coast to coast to coast in a national dialogue on suicide prevention that will create lasting solutions for communities large and small.
“These are difficult conversations for Canadians to have, but, they are too important for us not to have them. That is why we need the federal government, and our community members, to take a leadership role and that is why I am supporting this important program.”