Suicide is a major public health issue in Canada and in spite of our alarming suicide rate Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries that still does not have a national suicide prevention strategy. In 2009 the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) published its second edition of A National Suicide Prevention Strategy. While provinces throughout Canada have used this document to establish provincial suicide prevention frameworks as well as receiving international recognition this document has yet to be acknowledged by the Canadian Government. Canada must join other countries such as the U.S.A, U.K., Australia, New Zealand and many other European and Asian countries and establish our own national suicide prevention strategy.
CASP urges the Government of Canada to take immediate action and move forward on establishing a national suicide prevention strategy. All Canadians can play a role in suicide prevention. CASP invites all Canadians to contact their member of parliament and urge them to demonstrate their concern and compassion by supporting the call for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy and a National Suicide Prevention Coordinating Body as called for by the United Nations and World Health Organization.
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