Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

April 21, 2011 07:25 ET

Suicide Pandemic an Election Issue, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Asks Party Leaders to State Their Plan and Make Commitment

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2011) - Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention -

If the past decade is a prologue to the next an estimated 80,000 Canadians will have died by suicide over the 20 years ending 2020 and nearly 800,000 will have tried. Suicide is recognized globally as a pressing public health priority, except in Canada where it has been largely ignored by successive federal governments. No federal government has as yet acknowledged suicide as a major public health issue, this in spite of the fact that an estimated 3,000,000 Canadians have been affected by suicide. "This is even more disappointing given that most suicides are preventable", said Dammy Damstrom Albach, President of CASP's Board of Directors.

During this election campaign CASP is asking federal party leaders and all party candidates to publically declare their intention to support the United Nation and World Health Organizations guidelines that ask every country to; recognize suicide as a public health priority, establish a funded national suicide prevention coordinating body and support a national suicide prevention strategy. "To date every federal government in Canada has ignored the UN and WHO guidelines and Canada lags far behind every other industrialized country when it comes to suicide prevention, said Tim Wall, CASP's Executive Director. Wall added that "Canadians want to know what kind of leadership we can expect from party leaders on addressing this critical public and community health issue.

Damstrom Albach stated that "we are asking every party leader to make a commitment that Canada will have a funded national coordinating body and strategy by the end of 2012."

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries may be directed to:
    Klinic Community Health Centre
    Tim Wall
    1-204-794-8903
    twall@klinic.mb.ca

    Klinic Community Health Centre
    Dammy Damstrom Albach
    1-204-794-8903