FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Harold Albrecht Pleased with Suicide Prevention Framework

November 25th, 2016
Ottawa, ON
Office of Harold Albrecht, MP

It is estimated that approximately 4,000 Canadians die each year by suicide. This is why Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga has spent much of his 10 years serving in Parliament advocating for suicide prevention and suicide awareness, ultimately resulting in his Private Members Bill C-300 An Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention which received Royal Assent December 14th, 2012.

Since then, Harold has worked alongside suicide prevention organizations and advocates to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around suicide. As recently as this past summer, Harold has petitioned the government along with residents of the Waterloo Region for a national 24/7 hotline that any Canadian, no matter where they live, can call if they find themselves struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Yesterday, the Minister of Health fulfilled the reporting guidelines found in Bill C-300 (4) and tabled Working Together to Prevent Suicide in Canada: the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention. In addition to the report, the Health Minister also indicated the Government of Canada supports the development of a national suicide prevention service. The service uses text, chat and phone technology, will integrate and link existing regional distress and crisis line services across Canada. This service is expected to be fully implemented in early 2017.

Quotes:
“Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council is proud that Harold’s work on Bill C-300 has contributed to this week’s announcement of a national suicide prevention service. Countries around the world that have made great strides in the reduction of suicide deaths have one central line and we are excited that this essential service is coming to Canada.”
– Tana Nash, Executive Director, Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council

“Too often, those coping with thoughts of suicide face their struggles alone. It should never be the case that someone, in a very dark moment, reaches out to a local suicide-prevention help line and is met with an answering machine. Even more troubling is the number of communities who may not have a number to call at all. That is why I am glad that the Minister of Health has listened to my recommendations in Bill C-300 and the petitions of Canadians and introduced the Government’s support for the development of a national suicide prevention service.”
– Harold Albrecht, MP

Associated Links:
Bill C-300 An Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention
Government of Canada supports the development of a national suicide prevention service
Working Together to Prevent Suicide in Canada: the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention
Advocate applauds national suicide hotline to be launched next year
National suicide line could save lives, says father who lost his daughter

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