MP's widow pushes for suicide prevention plan
Denise Batters, wife of Regina MP Dave Batters who killed himself while on leave for depression, appears as a witness at a commons health committee on mental illness in Ottawa on Thursday, March 8, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Thursday, March 8, 2012 10:39AM EST
OTTAWA - The widow of a former Saskatchewan MP who killed himself is in Ottawa to push for a federal suicide prevention plan.
Denise Batters' husband, Dave, killed himself in his Regina home in June 2009 after battling anxiety and depression.
She is telling the story today to the Commons health committee.
The committee is considering a private member's bill known as Bill C-300, the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act.
Denise says it's important to speak openly about suicide so those suffering from mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety don't feel isolated and alone.
She says it's important to remove the stigma from mental illness, comparing it to other ailments such as cancer.