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Psychiatrist supplies report to man with dementia so he can kill himself at Dignitas

Psychiatrist supplies report to man with dementia so he can kill himself at Dignitas

The Sunday Times (£) reports this morning that an 83 year old British man with dementia is to travel to Switzerland for an assisted suicide. If he does so he will become the first known Briton suffering from the condition to die at Dignitas, the […]

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Self-help books for depression – brilliant new tools for doctors, pastors and patients

A top health story on the BBC this last week has highlighted a new study showing that prescribing self-help books on the NHS is an effective treatment for depression. Patients offered books, plus sessions guiding them in how to use them, had lower levels of depression a […]

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Social myths about abortion after rape

The Elliott Institute has just published a powerful article titled ‘My Rape Pregnancy and My Furor Over Social Myths’ by Deana Schroeder, a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant By Sexual Assault (WPSA). She recounts the story of being drugged and raped […]

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Patients with dementia and psychiatric illnesses included as Dutch euthanasia cases rise steeply

 According to Dutch media reports today, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2011 increased by 18% to 3,695. This follows increases of 13% in 2009 and 19% in 2010. In fact from 2006 to 2011 there has been a steady increase in numbers each year […]

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New suicide strategy is welcome but needs to address more effectively the phenomenon of media-induced suicide contagion

The Government has promised to pump £1.5 million into research exploring how to prevent suicides among those most at risk of taking their own lives. The pledge comes as ministers unveiled a new suicide prevention strategy (more detail including full report here) launched to coincide […]