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Liberal, Conservative Hill staffers ‘infuriated’ by ‘incredibly inadequate’ response from parties’ leadership on mental health issues

By Abbas Rana      

Liberal staffers got an email from the deputy whip outlining the help available to them and those from Ontario got a short conversation on mental health resources in a conference call with a Liberal Research Bureau official. Conservative staffers didn't even get that.

Liberal MPs, pictured at a national caucus meeting on the Hill. Liberal and Conservative Hill staffers told The Hill Times they were disappointed that the House leadership has not taken any concrete action to address the mental health challenges that some staffers are grappling with. The Hill Times file photograph

Liberal and Conservative staffers say their political parties aren’t taking any real steps to support Hill staffers or to address mental health challenges, three weeks after former Liberal Hill staffer Paul Wernick made national news when he talked about his deep depression, 60- to 70-hour workweeks and his two attempted suicides, including once on the Hill. Some Liberal and Conservative staffers say they’re “infuriated” and “offended” by the lack of leadership.

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