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Agriculture committee  I think the short answer to that is, yes, there certainly can be. It has not been part of the mandate of the Mental Health Commission, but I can say that it is one that we would welcome. I believe we could do something to assist in that way, but up until now, it has not been part

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  There's no evidence to suggest that talking to somebody, if you have worries about them being suicidal, actually increases—in fact, it's quite the opposite. It is one of the components of the Roots of Hope, which is the program that I had mentioned.

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  Oh, yes. Absolutely.

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  I think that contagion is certainly an issue when you look at some of the first nation communities and among youth, and that is a very specific area. The commission has produced a document called Mindset, which is a guideline for reporters, about how to report on mental health is

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  The Mental Health Commission of Canada has not engaged in any particular study of that nature. We certainly have done a great deal of work on suicide, which is something that is insufficiently addressed in every sector across the country. I have no reason to believe agriculture w

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  To be honest with you, I'm not aware of any studies focused on what factors are creating this. I can tell you that isolation and poor or non-existent access to services deeply impact other populations, particularly in rural communities, and as far as the huge stigma goes, I canno

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  I'll try my best. I really think that one of the key issues right now in Canada is suicide prevention. With suicide there is a direct correlation between that and the non-existent services. The impact of not having the right services is just terrible. The commission has reached

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  We have actually trained thousands of first responders, including firefighters right across the country, for that specific reason. We use a self-assessment tool that was formerly called the Road to Mental Readiness and is now called The Working Mind. It addresses the issue of fir

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  I can't give you those exact figures off the top of my head. I don't know them. But we have that information, and I will be very happy to send it on to the committee. We do have a national strategy for mental health. That was developed in 2012, and my fervent belief is that if

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  We simply don't have the programs. I mentioned one program called Strongest Families, out of Nova Scotia. It's being provided across the country in various sectors, yet there are huge communities that do not have access to it. New Zealand does. It has a program for families—as

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  Yes. I think each time we do an adaptation of two of our training programs, The Working Mind and Mental Health First Aid, we learn something we can pass on to the next one. I think my biggest learning throughout all of this over the years has been with the issue of stigma. I'm n

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  Thank you very much. Lack of access to services is a huge problem among the farming community and anyone right across Canada but particularly those in rural settings. The program I mentioned, called Roots of Hope, is something that.... Yes, it is important to have trained profe

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  As I mentioned, I think looking at peer support is one way in which people are definitely speaking the same language. I mentioned we've also had a great deal of success with first responders. I think each group has its own language, if you will. The way we have modified mental he

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  I do think there are strategies, in fact. I mentioned one program that the commission is promoting and is now running in three provinces. It's a program called “Roots of Hope”. Training is an important component of it, but you have to bear in mind that it is one component. The

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley

Agriculture committee  The Mental Health Commission of Canada can play a supporting role in this. I will stop there. There are solutions; there are answers; and we do not need to have our farmers suffer and die unnecessarily. Thank you.

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Louise Bradley