Noah Irvine didn’t intend on becoming the poster boy for mental illness and suicide prevention, but the Guelph teenager is promising to use his new-found notoriety to continue to press for change from all levels of government. 
For Irvine, winning the Samara Canada Everyday Political Citizen Award is one more opportunity for him to push for the creation of a national suicide prevention plan and to advance the discussion on mental illness.
“I never wanted to use my parents’ deaths to get something in terms of recognition, I used it so people could understand what the actual face of mental illness and suicide is in Canada,” said Irvine.
He accepted the award Thursday in Toronto.
Irvine’s story went national this summer when he expressed his displeasure with the lack of response he received after writing letters to every member of parliament in Canada, challenging them to take action and address the country’s suicide crisis. 
Since then, …