The Canadian Press

2016-03-06 | Assisted Dying Mental Illness

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A parliamentary committee's recommendation that pending right-to-die legislation should include people with mental illness is raising concerns among mental health experts. Canadian Psychiatric Association president Doctor Sonu Gaind (SOH'-noo GAN') says the issues in assessing whether a person with mental illness should be eligible for physician-assisted death can be highly complex. (Gaind says psychiatric conditions can often be worsened by such factors as inadequate housing, social isolation, poverty and lack of employment -- and helping to alleviate these conditions can reduce suffering.)

Date: 2016-03-06
Placeline: TORONTO.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 23 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << part of the challenge here is teasing apart the differences between when someone is suicidal in the context that we've always thought about it in terms of mental illness and depression versus when somebody is in the legislative framework that's been envisioned seeking assisted dying to eventually get out of the situation of prolonged suffering >>