Plans for sui­cide preven­tion strat­egy

Cape Breton Post - - Province / Atlantic -

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.

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