MP Larry Miller Hosts Round Table Discussion on Suicide Prevention

August 8, 2014

 

MP Larry Miller Hosts Round Table Discussion on Suicide Prevention

 

Owen Sound, ON – Today, Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, hosted a round table discussion with local stakeholders in regards to suicide prevention with a particular focus on preventing suicide in youth.

 

The round table was hosted in light of a recent initiative by the Mental Health Commission of Canada entitled 308 Conversations. The goal of the initiative is to promote discussions on strategies to prevent suicide in each of the 308 Federal ridings in Canada. Mr. Miller invited over 30 different stakeholders to participate in this discussion. Health officials, councillors, social workers, military personnel, and local residents who have been affected by suicide were among the group who participated in the discussion.

 

The primary focus of the discussion was on suicide prevention in youth. Strategies, suggestions, insights and personal stories were given in regards to the topic. Furthermore, there was discussion surrounding the uniqueness that rural areas, such as Bruce and Grey Counties, face when dealing with mental illness and the strategies that can be implemented to ensure that all patients receive the care they need.

 

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come out and participate in this very important discussion,” said Miller. “This is a topic that has impacted many people in the area and I hope that the discussion that we had today will help to shed some light on how to prevent suicide and offer the best possible assistance to those who are struggling.”  

 

A summary of the discussion will be provided to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Drawing on the input from the round table discussions that are to take place across the country, the Mental Health Commission of Canada will release a community model on suicide prevention in the fall of 2014.

 

For more information on the 308 Conversations initiative please visit; http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/308conversations.

 

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