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Suicide Prevention Month

Health
04 February 2013

Fredericton (GNB) – The provincial government is inviting New Brunswickers to observe February as Suicide Prevention Month.

“New Brunswickers must remember that suicide is preventable,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “This month-long effort serves as a reminder for all those in distress and suffering that they are not alone, that there is hope in their darkest hour. Still, too many families suffer from the loss of a loved one to suicide and we must continue to work together to raise awareness and reduce stigma related to mental illness.”

Those who are in need of help or are in distress can:

●    talk to a friend or family member;
●    talk to their family doctor.

If in crisis:

●    call Tele-Care at 811;
●    call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868; or
●    go directly to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.

“Since 2011, the provincial government has had a roadmap for improving mental health services in our province,” said Flemming. “The Action Plan for Mental Health in New Brunswick 2011-2018 makes specific commitments to addressing the issue of suicide. As part of this plan, 14 regional suicide prevention committees are being co-ordinated as well as a First Nations’ Suicide Prevention committee with representation from 15 Aboriginal communities. These committees offer workshops, intervention training and other activities with the goal of developing suicide prevention initiatives and increasing awareness and healing in our communities.”

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, activities will be held throughout the province to raise awareness and offer advice on how to recognize the signs of suicide and how to seek help.

LINK:

●    Department of Health

04-02-13

Media Contact(s)

Mélanie Sivret, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.

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