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Denise Batters: Help the Mentally Ill. Don’t Kill Them.

March 15, 2016

(National Post) – Questions surrounding suicide are deeply personal to me. I lost my husband, former member of Parliament Dave Batters, to suicide in 2009, after his struggle with severe anxiety and depression. In the years following his death, I have worked to raise awareness and dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. That has included communicating to those struggling with mental illness, particularly with those who harbour thoughts of suicide, to encourage them not to give up, but to instead reach out for help. This is why I have reacted so strongly against the recent majority report of the joint parliamentary committee studying physician-assisted suicide.

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