Maryland and Washington Psychiatric Societies Oppose Assisted Suicide

We are grateful for the bold statement from the Maryland and Washington Psychiatric Societies commenting on the issues and dangers of assisted suicide, particularly as it pertains to people with psychiatric disabilities. 


“Many serious medical conditions are known to cause a variety of capacity-impairing mental disorders, such as clinical depression, cognitive impairment, and delirium. Indeed, as many as 25% of patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses may suffer from clinical depression… A recent study showed that more than half of patients in hospice care exhibit unrecognized cognitive impairment, and these deficits are directly related to impaired decision-making capacity. Furthermore, a psychological screening tool that physicians could use is insufficient to detect all conditions that could cause impairment, nor does any existing screening tool have the ability to detect a patient who deliberately conceals his/her symptoms.”

Victories of 2024

Update on State Victories We have two exciting victories in the fight against assisted suicide! Maryland will not be going forward with an assisted suicide bill, a huge win for our side! Additionally, the Virginia bill SB 280, which had passed in the Senate, failed to move forward in the House – despite last ditch

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Statement for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Statement on Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Dolly’s World is overseen by a Wisconsin matriarch with dementia who surrounds herself with dolls and lovingly cares for them. Just as her dolls need her, she also needs 24/7 care which her family provides by taking turns to stay with her and keeping the public aware of what goes

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Psychiatrists Warn of Assisted Suicide for Mental Illness

Psychiatrists Warn of Assisted Suicide for Mental Illness A recent article in the National Post discussed the differences that several Canadian psychiatrists have when discussing assisted suicide for those with mental illness. Several psychiatrists oppose extending Canada’s assisted suicide laws and the fact that they put vulnerable people at risk of deadly harm. Below is

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