Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada unveil Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy

Media Advisory

October 4, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces / Veterans Affairs Canada

On Thursday, October 5, Media are invited to attend a technical briefing and the official announcement of the Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy with Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Veterans Affairs Minister and Associate Minister of National Defence Seamus O’Regan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs Sherry Romanado, and General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Technical Media Briefing

Prior to the official announcement, media are invited to attend a technical briefing hosted by National Defence and Veterans Affairs officials on the the Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Spokespersons will include:

  • Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre,Commander, Military Personnel Command;
  • Brigadier General Andrew Downes, Surgeon General, Canadian Armed Forces;
  • Col Rakesh Jetly, Senior Psychiatrist for the Canadian Armed Forces;
  • Michel Doiron, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Delivery, Veterans Affairs Canada;
  • Dr. Jim Thompson, Research Medical Advisor, Veterans Affairs Canada; and
  • Dr. Alexandra Heber, Chief Psychiatrist, Veterans Affairs Canada.

Date:               Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:              10:45 a.m

Location:       101 Colonel By Drive, National Defence Headquarters, Brigadier Richard Malone Multimedia Centre

Official Announcement

Date:               Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:              12:00 p.m.

Location:       101 Colonel By Drive, National Defence Headquarters, Brigadier Richard Malone Multimedia Centre

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Notes to editor:  

Media representatives are asked to register no later than 1600 EST on October 4th, 2017 by contacting the Media Relations Office by email at mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca.

Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations 
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468
vac.media-medias.acc@vac-acc.gc.ca

Alex Wellstead
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

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