Dauphin, Canada

Manitoba wants to make it easier for health-care professionals to tell family members if a patient is suicidal.

Current provincial law forbids medical professionals from sharing someone's personal information without their consent unless there is a serious and immediate risk.

A bill now before the legislature would allow that information to be shared in any case where there is a risk of serious harm.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen says health authorities will develop rules on how such information can be shared.