|Psychiatric Issues

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|

Book Review: Rational Suicide in the Elderly

Rational Suicide in the Elderly: Clinical, Ethical, and Sociocultural Aspects by Robert E. McCue (Editor), Meera Balasubramaniam (Editor) Springer 2017 (8th Oct 2016) An entire book devoted to the better understanding or Rational Suicide in the Elderly was essential reading for MDMD (Our name was formerly SOARS: Society for Old Age Rational Suicide). We were [...]

2017-02-14T11:44:20+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Legal Action, Psychiatric Issues, USA|

Dementia sufferers ending their lives in Switzerland

Today the Mail on Sunday published an article about the father of an MDMD supporter who ended his life at Dignitas. Penny's father Ron Hall suffered from early stage dementia. The psychiatric assessment to ensure he still had mental capacity to make the life ending decision was done by MDMD's associate coordinator, Colin Brewer. Interestingly, [...]

Two BMJ Blog posts on assisted dying in Dementia and Psychiatric cases.

Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) writes a moving personal story of his mother who suffers from dementia, arguing the case for assisted suicide for early stage dementia patients - as he and his mother did 10 years before. Colin Brewer, former psychiatrist and current associate coordinator of MDMD, follows this [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:50+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Dementia, Medical Views, Psychiatric Issues|

New Scientist reports on assisted suicide for psychiatric cases

New Scientist 23 July 2016 published an article discussing assisted suicide for psychiatric patients - which is legal in some countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium. The article gives an interesting account of the issues around providing medically assisted suicide to people with only psychiatric problems, such as a Dutch woman in her ‘30s. [...]

2016-10-18T21:51:44+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Belgium, Netherlands, Psychiatric Issues|