Plans for suicide prevention strategy
The province has announced plans for a new suicide prevention strategy in the wake of increasing public pressure on the MacLauchlan government to address concerns about gaps in mental health services in P.E.I.
Earlier this week, government issued a news release heralding a new suicide prevention strategy that will be developed in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
The province is contributing more than $55,000 to create this strategy.
But Opposition health critic James Aylward was quick to point out Health Minister Robert Henderson gave no indication this announcement was coming when the Opposition called for a suicide prevention strategy in a motion debated at length in the legislature earlier this month.
Henderson did indicate general support for the idea, while also listing a number of existing strategies and programs aimed at suicide prevention and mental health support.