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Senator Brazeau calls on Senate to study mental health needs of Indigenous peoples, men and boys

By Patrick Brazeau      

Senator Patrick Brazeau has survived two suicide attempts. He wants the Senate to look into the mental health needs of boys and men and look at the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in suicide statistics.

Patrick Brazeau, pictured in his Hill office on Sept. 21, 2017. 'I am asking for policy makers to really put GBA+ to the test as a tool and to take the mental health needs of boys and men as seriously as it deserves to be. I am asking the Senate to tackle this head on, right away.' The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade

PARLIAMENT HILL—Have you or do know anyone who has dealt with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts? I have. I survived two suicide attempts and suffer from mental health issues. To make a long story short, I lived through this because I was afraid and ashamed to ask for help. I’m #BrokenNoMore and that is why I’m reaching out to you and asking for your help, for your ears and guidance. Please hear me. Listen to what I have to say. Self-harm and suicide are not something people like to talk about. These are uncomfortable subjects and most people will go to great lengths to avoid discussing them. But it is time to accept that initial discomfort and bring these topics into the light for discussion. It is only by speaking frankly, that we will find solutions. Doing so will help us prevent these very preventable injuries and deaths. That is why I am asking the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to examine and report on suicide prevention and mental health needs among Canadians.

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