Mental health has become an issue of increasing urgency, and one of the some symptoms of that is the alarming increase in the number of suicides in Canada. A report earlier this year traced a 4.5 per cent increase to struggles created by the recent economic recession, but there was also the rate of suicide amongst Canadidan Forces personal, which one expert recently said had reached "epidemic" proportions. With all that under consideration, Guelph MP Frank Valeriote is hosting a townhall on the subject of suicide prevention next week at the Italian Canadian Club.
Here's information about the townhall courtesy of Valeriote's office:
On Thursday, November 13th, Frank will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss a difficult but important topic “Suicide – A Decision You Can’t Reverse” at the Italian Canadian Club.
What: From Hopeless to Hopeful – A Caring Community Conversation to Prevent Death by Suicide Where: Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street, Guelph When: 7:00pm Thursday, November 13th Who: Guest Speakers will be
- Tana Nash: President of the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, Executive Director of Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, Lutherwood Mental Health Co-ordinator
- Jenn Ward: Program Manager /Survivor Lead, Knowledge and Innovation, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Survivor Chair, Canadian Association for the Prevention of Suicide
- Alicia Raimundo: “Mental Health Superhero” battling anxiety, depression and a suicide attempt since age 13. Presenter of 2 TEDxTalks, Canadian Ambassador for Young Health Program, speaker at the UN’s International Youth Day, co-chair of Young Canadians Round Table on Health, panel member of Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Experts on Suicide