Ottawa, ON – “Today, World Suicide Prevention Day, is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that those in need of help feel supported, that those who are ill get treatment, and that those we have lost are remembered. 

This year’s theme, “Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” truly reflects the importance of shedding light on a topic that has been hidden for too long.  We cannot condone a society in which hope is subordinated to stigma and isolation trumps conversations.

Knowing how to ask for help is a learned behaviour. Each one of us has a role to play. Join me, and add your message of hope to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s online wall. Together, we can raise awareness, champion recovery and share resources. 

If you are in distress, please seek help.



Guided by Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health – at home, work, and school, as well as with the media and healthcare providers – from coast to coast to coast. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the Commission is Canada’s coordinating agent, bringing together the best and most influential minds in the mental health community. The MHCC is collaborating with hundreds of partners towards a mental health system that is inclusive, adaptable, and supports Canadians living with mental health problems and mental illnesses in their recovery journey. Together we accelerate change needed to transform Canada’s mental health system and the wellbeing of all.

Media Contact:
Patti Robson, Director of Marketing and Communications
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: 613.683.3742
Mobile: 613.282.1573


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