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Ontario holds first annual Police Suicide Memorial

June 23, 2024  By Blue Line Staff

June 23, 2024, Toronto, Ont. – On June 23 at 11 a.m., Ontario held its first annual Police Suicide Memorial at Ontario Police Memorial Park. This event was organized by Canada Beyond the Blue. The Ontario Police Suicide Memorial honours and pays tribute to Ontario’s police members who have died by suicide ‘Because of the line of duty’.

Families of loved ones who died by suicide were present on Sunday from several police services throughout Ontario.

“Members are deserving of a formal memorial effort that recognizes the positive impact of their lives and legitimizes the grief of those who carry on their memory,” said Canada Beyond the Blue in a press release. “The relentless exposure to on-the-job trauma can significantly impact the mental health of police members.”

A distinct memorial was created not only to dignify these members’ service but also to prompt stakeholders to advocate for comprehensive policies addressing the mental well-being of police members and their families. This is a step forward to ensure that these individuals are never forgotten.

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