Calling for a national debate on euthanasia and mental illness
The snowball of euthanasia in countries where it is legal is increasingly expanding the boundaries of the culture of death (see HERE). It began by being permitted for terminally ill patients, then for seriously ill patients or those in great pain, then for
It is about people who are not terminal and, in principle, could live for many years.
people with a mental disorder, and now, advocates want to extend it for simple psychological suffering, making it almost indistinguishable from assisted suicide. However, a powerful reaction of professionals who treat these patients — even those who support euthanasia — against this permissiveness is beginning to emerge (see HERE).
Euthanasia for psychological reasons
In relation to this, on 31 October last year, 42 Belgian psychiatrists, psychologists and academics published an open letter calling for a national debate on euthanasia and mental illness, in which they say that: “Euthanasia because of unbearable and futile psychological suffering is very problematic. It is about people who are not terminal and, in principle, could live for many years. Therefore, extreme caution is appropriate both clinically and legally. The essence of the case seems to us that in estimating the hopelessness of one’s suffering, the subjective factor cannot be eliminated…”.