Suicide Prevention


Question Period Senator Jane Cordy December 4th, 2013

Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, following along the same lines, three suicides in a little over a week of military personnel is certainly an indication that something is wrong and that something is not working the way that it should be. I know that the minister said there would be an investigation but, looking more closely, there are now currently over 70 investigations of suicides within the military. So again, something is not working.

I know you said in response to an earlier question that there are enough health care professionals in the military dealing with this, but something is wrong. What is the plan? If we're looking at over 70 investigations, it seems that there should be speed in dealing with this so that we can have a plan. I understand that we need a long-term plan, but I think it's important that we look at the immediate concern. What will this government commit to doing immediately to ensure that our military personnel are getting the help that they need?

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