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Liberal staffer urges all political parties to address mental health challenges facing some Hill staffers, after his attempted suicide on the Hill

By Abbas Rana      

Paul Wernick, son of PCO clerk Michael Wernick, and executive assistant to rookie Liberal MP Francis Drouin, says staffers and MPs shouldn't be drinking away their stress, but should be embracing an overall healthier workplace Hill culture.

Paul Wernick, pictured with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at 24 Sussex Dr., who started working for rookie Liberal MP Francis Drouin in November 2015, and is leaving his job this week to focus on his health and will likely go back to school. But he's urging House leaders to help change the Hill culture. Photograph courtesy of Facebook
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A young Liberal Parliamentary staffer, who tried to take his own life on the Hill last month after struggling with deep depression and what he says were 60- to 70-hour workweeks for nearly three years, says all the political parties should bring in “institutional changes” to address the issue of mental health challenges facing some Hill staffers. “What’s especially troubling about my story is that it could befall any staffer from any party,” said Paul Wernick, executive assistant

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