Suicide focus of new bill

Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes supports proposed legislation to increase suicide prevention awareness

Proposed federal legislation is focused on increasing awareness about suicide.

Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP, will second Ontario MP Harold Albrecht’s private member’s bill regarding a federal framework for suicide prevention.

“In Canada far too many lives are lost each year to suicide,” said Mayes.

“It equates to 10 suicides per day. In my view, even one suicide is far too many. It is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth ages 10 to 24.”

The bill, if passed would:

n Promote collaboration and knowledge exchange among different jurisdictions.

n Promote the use of research and evidence-based practices in suicide prevention.

n Define best practices for the prevention of suicide.

“The impacts of suicide are enormous, and the factors that contribute to suicide are complex and far-reaching,” said Mayes.

“We all have a responsibility to provide the services to communities in need.”