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Assisted suicide for those with mental illness a risky proposition

By Harvey Max Chochinov      

The committee, in its wisdom, expressed confidence that physicians would be able to figure this out. Hopefully, as lawmakers draft legislation in the days ahead, deeper wisdom will prevail.

Justice Minister Jody Raybould-Wilson is the minister responsible for the doctor-assisted suicide legislation. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Who but those who have experienced it can appreciate the soul-crushing anguish of mental illness? Afflictions of the mind can be paralyzing and fundamentally change the way we perceive ourselves (I am worthless), anticipate the future (my prospects are hopeless), and experience the world (life is unfair and unforgiving). The combination of self-loathing, hopelessness, and despair can tragically lead to suicide. Parliament’s Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Death, nevertheless, urged the federal government not to exclude individuals with

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