Mental Health Week

Mr. Speaker, next week is Mental Health Week. On May 6, Senator Roméo Dallaire and I will host the Sam Sharpe breakfast, exploring veteran mental health and wellness issues.

We will hear from Tim Laidler, a young Afghanistan veteran who struggled with his mental injuries before attending the veterans transition program, returning to school, and now he helps other veterans as director of that program.

We will hear from Chris Linford, author of Warrior Rising, an inspired story of his family’s journey on his road back from PTSD.

Sam Sharpe himself was a member of Parliament in this place for Ontario North. He served on the battle fields of World War I before returning to Canada where he took his life struggling with his mental injuries.

By remembering Sharpe and hearing these inspired stories of our veterans for today, we have shown we are coming a long way on the road from stigma. We still have a way to go, but the stories of our veterans will show that there is help out there for them.

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