Category: News

Why on Earth is Anyone Surprised By the Rise in US Suicides? Advertising Works.

by True Dignity Vermont, 22 April 2016 The American National Centre for Health Statistics has released figures showing a 24 percent increase in the country’s suicide rate between 1999 and 2014. (There had been a steady decline in the rate between 1986 and 1999.) Much media attention has focused on the impact of economic stresses following… Read more »

Robert-Falcon Ouellette questions impact of doctor-assisted dying on Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

by Kristy Hoffman, CBC News, 15 April 2016 Robert-Falcon Ouellette, a Canadian Liberal MP, is questioning the impact of legalising assisted suicide on indigenous people, arguing that “This will be a right that will become entrenched and the impacts on vulnerable groups will become entrenched and it’s very hard to stop.” Historically, the concept of suicide… Read more »

UK hate crime against disabled people rises 41 per cent in one year

by Caroline Mortimer, The Independent, 9 November 2015 Caroline Mortimer reports on figures in the United Kingdom showing hate crimes recorded by police increased from 1,955 incidents in 2013-14 to 2,765 incidents in 2014-15. The news comes on the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act – which gave disabled people the same legal rights… Read more »

Canada shows that assisted suicide is a cliff, not a slippery slope

Media release, Care Alliance, 22 April 2016 Canada shows that assisted suicide is a cliff, not a slippery slope John Kleinsman, Chair of the Care Alliance, says that Canada is providing a stark warning that “assisted suicide is a cliff, not a slippery slope”. The Canadian government last week submitted a bill that would legalise… Read more »

Exceptions to assisted suicide eventually will fall away, as they must

by Andrew Coyne, National Post, 15 April 2016 Andrew Coyne analyses the Canadian experience of legalising assisted suicide from the Supreme Court decision to the recently introduced bill, and observes that “When you are normalizing suicide, don’t be surprised if it leads to some nightmarish places.” The government has introduced legislation in response to the court’s… Read more »

Green Party demands review into mental health services

New Zealand Herald, 17 April 2016 The Green Party is demanding further investigation of mental health services in the wake of what it calls a “damning review” of the Waikato District Health Board’s psychiatric care. Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said today, “Mental health services in DHBs are under-resourced and the minister’s slow erosion… Read more »

A letter to the hospice doctor who helped us to say goodbye

Anonymous, The Guardian, 26 March 2016 Over the next days, when on duty, you appear quietly in the room with an aura of respect for the sacred space we have created with flowers, cards and drawings by grandchildren. You never talk loudly to my father as if he is deaf or stupid. You also never… Read more »

Help the mentally ill. Don’t kill them.

by Denise Batters, National Post, 14 March 2016 Denise Batters QC is a Canadian Senator, whose husband committed suicide in 2009. She responds to a Canadian parliamentary report into physician-assisted suicide. The committee did not require that illness be terminal or life-threatening. It included psychological suffering as grounds for physician-assisted suicide — without any requirement… Read more »