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Should a right-to-die extend to those with psychiatric conditions?

The BBC report the suicide and background of Canadian Adam Maier-Clayton who took his life in April 2017, aged 27, following a history of psychiatric illness including a condition that left him in extreme pain. The video which forms part of the report shows Adam and his parents clearly explaining their point of view, together [...]

2017-07-25T09:15:59+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Canada, DIY Suicide, Personal Stories, Psychiatric Issues|

Spectator article on suicide workshops

MDMD could hardly ignore a recent article in the political weekly The Spectator. Its author, Jessica Berens, attended one of Dr Philip Nitschke’s ‘£50 suicide workshops’, along with '80 or so men and women, grey-haired and crepe-soled’ who break for tea after Dr Nitschke has described and demonstrated various DIY techniques ‘in much the same manner that [...]

2017-07-20T13:07:20+00:00 July 20th, 2017|DIY Suicide|

Farewell to Lord Joffe

MDMD bids farewell to one of the pioneers in the battle to legalise assisted suicide in the UK.  Lord Joffe of Liddington, who died on 18 June 2017 at his home, age 85, fought for terminally ill people to be given the right to die.  He was a front runner in the House of Lords [...]

2017-06-23T10:37:52+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|UK Parliament|

A Good (Assisted) Death in Canada

Canada legalised a limited form of assisted dying in 2016. A long article in the New York Times gives a detailed and inspiring account of John Shields who died by lethal injection in British Columbia. He suffered from an incurable condition, amyloidosis, which gave him increasing pain that he no longer wished to endure. The [...]

2017-06-03T12:17:56+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Canada, Medical Views, Personal Stories|

Avoiding Prolonged Dementia

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. How can we ensure we don't suffer from it for longer than we wish? Medically Assisted Suicide is one option chosen by a few. In the UK those choosing this option need to arrange appropriate help in Switzerland, as it is not legal [...]

2017-04-23T09:35:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Advance Decisions, Dementia, USA|