Recognizing Michael Kirby’s contribution to the field of mental health

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the work of Michael Kirby, who is here today to receive the annual Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians for his contributions to the field of mental health.

    Mr. Kirby was the first chair the of Mental Health Commission of Canada, which created the national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace, something we hope will be implemented soon within the public service.

    The Mental Health Commission’s other groundbreaking project, At Home/Chez Soi has also provided important approaches to housing and mental health.

    Mr. Kirby’s recent campaign titled “Right by you” focuses on the necessity for more mental health services for young people. With Canada’s youth suicide rate at the highest of any industrialized country, it is more important than ever to address this growing crisis in our country.

    We extend our congratulations to Mr. Kirby for his exemplary work in the field of mental health and for bringing attention to an illness that is too frequently ignored while there is still much that needs to be done.