—Ottawa, ON, November 12, 2015—
The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) applauds Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan for his quick response to a Canadian Forces report on suicide released this Tuesday. The report indicates that deployment may be emerging as a risk factor for suicide, in particular in connection to the Afghanistan war. In response to the report the Minister ordered that Canadian Forces leadership make suicide prevention a priority and examine why an increased number of soldiers have died by suicide in recent years. “Canada’s psychiatrists are eager to put their expertise at the disposal of the new Minister and the Canadian Forces as they deal with suicide and other mental health challenges faced by Canada’s military members and veterans,” said Dr. K. Sonu Gaind, President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. “Investing in the research and care of those who suffer from mental illness continues to be an important priority for the profession.”
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada’s 4,700 psychiatrists and more than 900 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.