It's all about talk, being able to speak. From my personal experience I was so self-stigmatized. Being able to talk breaks down stigma, not only the stigma that other people put on us but the stigma that we put on ourselves. Being able to talk about something that is a federally acknowledged topic will expand the community of support.
Again, I'm from Barrie, and I have so many Ottawa paramedic and police friends—and now from across Canada—from the peer support group that I set up. It really represents how something federal plays such a role. You know, it's Canada. This is our nation. Having a bill that talks to and addresses the symptoms and the difficulties that we have with being first responders and the people that are listed opens the conversation immediately. That's what needs to happen.