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Why doesn’t mental health count?

by Emerald

We, as a country, have compassion for those who wish to end their lives due to ongoing physical pain or a terminal illness. Many support euthanasia in these circumstances. Why not with terminal mental health issues? Ongoing psychological pain?

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MyNiceSuicide 4/22/2016 - 8:45 pm

Hi
In Belgium they do that: euthanasia in heavy mentally disturbed people. It’s allowed in law there.

whiskered-fish 4/22/2016 - 9:11 pm

I wish they would euthanize me. That’s what we do to rabid dogs, and I deserve to be treated like a rabid dog. Actually, I deserve a lot worse. But maybe I’d settle for being stripped of my bodily autonomy and having a lethal concoction of liquids pumped into my veins. What a dream.

saudade07 4/22/2016 - 9:55 pm

mynicesuicide is correct. in belgium, they will allow for euthanasia for physical and mental suffering. not just terminal illnesses, but chronic migraines, depression, the whole gamut of human sufferings.

an enlightened place to live, for sure.

MyNiceSuicide 4/22/2016 - 10:03 pm

Swoosh…..Belgium! 🙂

Ant1983 4/22/2016 - 10:16 pm

I saw a documentary on youtube recently about a girl suffering depression in Belgium and she was given a date and everything to be euthanized but changed her mind at the last min. I think everywhere that offers euthanasia should also consider people with desire to exit regardless of reason… there whole moto is that it is a persons choice but apparently that only applies if your terminally ill :-s who gets to make up these rules on what is an acceptable reason or not!! it does seem very unfair. I was on Final Exit page on facebook not long ago and the admin was always removing my posts and stuff and eventually removed me form the group… probably looked at my pictures saw I didn’t look of a typical age to be terminal and therefor had no right to my life’s decisions…. very judgemental and hypocritical

saudade07 4/22/2016 - 11:05 pm

for some, just having access to a reliable means of exit is enough for them to try and continue on. for others, they just want out, plain and simple.

one of the biggest reasons that voluntary euthanasia or assisted death is only offered for terminal cases is the successful lobbying by religious groups. they terrify the public and politicians with their beliefs that allowing it for those whom death is not imminent will lead to a “slippery slope”, where mentally handicapped, the infirmed who fight to live, even senior citizens will be snatched from their homes and streets and forcibly executed. it’s all scare tactics, misinformation, and outright lies to push their own agenda of life at any cost. they conveniently omit the word “voluntary” from their arguments.

those same groups spouted that the people of belgium and switzerland, and those in the united states where assisted death is legal, would be running in droves to have doctors kill them if the laws were passed.

funny how that never happened.

Ant1983 4/22/2016 - 11:21 pm

Religion has a lot to answer to! Christianity is nothing but a blood cult, Scientology have killed more people then anyone, jehovah’s witnesses don’t even allow their families to have blood transfusion in life and death emergencies :-s I don’t know who they think they are thinking we all have to abide by their out dated barbaric dogma

Emerald 4/22/2016 - 11:57 pm

I strongly believe in free will and one’s inherent right to choose suicide. And if the suffering is unrelenting and has been present for decades, why would anyone force someone to live? Belgium has a compassionate approach that I respect. Mental illness is not taken seriously. The suffering one can experience from mental illness is just as, if not more, painful than physical afflictions.

saudade07 4/23/2016 - 9:58 am

” I strongly believe in free will and one’s inherent right to choose suicide.”

we are in complete agreement on that.

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