OTTAWA, ON – Today, Todd Doherty, a member of the Cariboo-Prince George parliamentary committee, has released the following statement on the new private law bill Bill C-425, Law on Establishment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day:
"Today, at the Bell Lets Talk Day, parliamentarians will join Canadians across the country to raise awareness of mental health problems and offer our support to those who stand up every day and work to stop the stigma around mental illness.
"I could not figure out a better day to present private law proposals Bill C-425, who seeks on June 27 to make the Day of PTSD aware.
"The brave men and women who serve our country and our citizens often endure life-changing events that leave them deep emotional and psychological scars. They serve with courage and distinction, but their service often means letting them face awesome scenes, sounds and scents for a lifetime.
"It is also being built on the account of private members I did last year, Bill, C-211, The act that respects the federal framework of posttraumatic stress disorderwhich requires the government to develop a comprehensive federal framework to address the challenges of identifying symptoms and providing timely diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.
"Mental illness should not be a partisan question. I sincerely hope that all parliamentarians will unanimously endorse this law.
"Conservatives will continue to advocate for those who served Canada and their communities and are therefore suffering from PTSD. We will continue to call on Trudeau's government to leave politics behind and react quickly to the recognition of PTSD sufferers in Canada. "