Canadians Put Politics Aside for Suicide Prevention Day

by Amelia Wood

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Whether you identify yourself as a conservative, liberal or something in between, there’s no denying the fact that you or someone you know has likely been affected by the tragic epidemic that is suicide. Recognized as one of the biggest issues plaguing modern Canada today, suicide is a result of a culmination of things, including poor mental health, lack of awareness and loss of hope.

With a per capita suicide ratethree times that of the United States, Canada no doubt places much importance on this worldwide event. It’s said that suicide is the leading cause of death for Canadian men between 25-29 and 40-44 and Canadian women between the ages of 30 and 34 – clearly, there’s a pattern that must be broken.

Recognizing these disheartening facts, members of Canada’s Parliament have shown overwhelming bi-partisan support for a bill that would establish a national framework for suicide prevention – something many family members and friends of people affected by suicide feel is a great step forward. Canada as a whole is learning more and more how awareness and preventative action for this troubling medical condition needs to cross jurisdictions, races and political parties to put a stop to this epidemic.

While support for a preventative framework may be bipartisan and universal, politics are not completely removed from the issue. Some say that the high rate of suicide among the country’s aboriginal populations, as well as the LGBT community, is due to rampant social inequality that has plagued the country for years – fueled by prejudice and ideological differences that become more apparent when citizens align themselves with certain political parties and beliefs.

So, while the country may be looking to the future and making positive changes, there is still much work to be done. One can only hope that events like the 10th annual World Suicide Day helps keep the conversation going, because after all, before we were Liberal or Conservative, we were all members of the human race—something we all-too-often seem to forget.

Amelia Wood is a blogger and freelance writer who specializes in medical coding and billing topics. She loves to offer advice to the curious job-seeker and is passionate about careers in medicine as well as ways in which medicine impacts our society, culture, and environment. Direct any questions or comments to: