Euthanasia distress and fearlessness about death in German veterinarians

Background: The elevated risk of suicide in veterinarians is still not well understood, but euthanasia distress and increased fearlessness about death (FAD) have been discussed as specific risk factors. Aims: We investigated German veterinarians to test whether FAD is increased compared with the general population, whether FAD is associated with euthanasia distress, and whether there are differences between[…]

Culturally sanctioned suicide: Euthanasia, seppuku, and terrorist martyrdom

Suicide is one of the greatest concerns in psychiatric practice, with considerable efforts devoted to prevention. The psychiatric view of suicide tends to equate it with depression or other forms of mental illness. However, some forms of  suicide occur independently of mental illness and within a framework of cultural sanctioning such that they aren’t regarded[…]

Development of the AAS statement on “suicide” and “physician aid in dying”

In August 2017, the American Association of Suicidology board passed a statement titled “Suicide” is not the same as “Physician aid in dying,” which was developed partly in response to the fact that aid in dying is now legal in a number of jurisdictions. In Phase 1, eight members of the AAS who had indicated[…]

Proposal for a position statement on expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition

Paper delivered October 31, 2018 at CASP conference.

Canadian Mental Health Association’s position paper on medical assistance in dying (MAiD)

On April 14, 2016, Bill C-14 (the Bill) received first reading in the House of Commons of Canada and was formally passed into law on May 30, 2016. The Bill primarily sets out to decriminalize medical assistance in dying (MAiD) by amending portions of the Criminal Code that otherwise prohibit it. Additionally, it addresses eligibility[…]


Offers factual information about suicide, providing a brief history, discussing risk factors and mental disorders, addressing young victims and the right to die, and exploring suicide as a weapon, experiences of people left behind, and prevention.

Early Dementia Diagnosis and the Risk of Suicide and Euthanasia

The authors performed a selective literature review of suicide in persons with dementia & the ethical issues associated with euthanasia in this population. In the absence of any effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, there is already evidence that persons with mild cognitive change & early dementia are at risk of[…]

Sense of Life

In this presentation, the speaker gives his opinions about the problem of the sense of life & the question of euthanasia. He discusses patients who want the therapist to tell them what he or she actually considers the sense of life, stating that this is a dilemma for the elderly & young alike.

Euthanasia and Suicide in Antiquity: Viewpoint of the Dramatists and Philosophers

This paper examines attitudes towards active euthanasia & suicide in ancient Greece by studying the works of various dramatists & philosophers. Active euthanasia was rejected by the majority of both because it was considered to be a violation of the autonomy of the individual & an action against the will of the gods. Passive euthanasia[…]

The Quality of Mercy: an Examination of the Proposition “Doctors Must not Kill” (IN: Euthanasia: the Good of the Patient, the Good of Society, ed. by R I Misbin)