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MPs asked to help with suicide prevention

MPs asked to help with suicide preventionPresident and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada Louise Bradley is pictured in Ottawa on May 8, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - The Mental Health Commission of Canada hopes to get members of Parliament involved in suicide prevention.

It is launching a program that invites MPs to lead a conversation with their constituents about suicide prevention.

It wants MPs to organize meetings over the summer with constituents and stakeholders to talk about gaps in preventing suicides in their communities.

The commission hopes the meetings will generate a national dialogue on suicide prevention that will lead to lasting solutions.

Commission president Louise Bradley says anytime a Canadian turns to suicide, society is failing.

The commission says there are 3,900 suicides in Canada every year and 90 per cent of them can be attributed to a mental illness or mental health problem.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by the federal government.

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