Euthanasia, the other side of the coin. What did patients face after their decision to end their life?

The state of the “art” of the so called “medical aid to die” shows a lack of a universal protocol, shortage of doctors willing to help people die and many patients have been exposed to doubtful and harmful lethal drugs. A widespread myth is that once the...

Suicide rates dramatically increased in almost every U.S. states. A new paradigm shift is needed

Suicide is not always a symptom of mental illness. “A new paradigm shift is needed”.  According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  is one of the leading public health problems. The CDC found that suicides rose by 30% between 1999...

Parental religious beliefs are associated with lower suicidal tendencies in offspring

Last August, an interesting article was published in JAMA Psychiatry that assessed the extent to which the religiosity of parents might affect suicidal tendencies or attempts in their children. Previous studies have shown an inverse association between offspring religiosity and...

Increasing suicide figures among doctors in the United States. Causes and effects

The term burnout (considered the main cause of suicide) is being used by the media and medical journals worldwide with an increasing rate, why? In this matter, an article affirms, “There is a severe and worsening epidemic of physician burnout in the United States, which...

Loneliness. An epidemic that is mobilizing English Government and its worrying many western countries

Is it only an English problem? – See video By the 21st century, loneliness has become ubiquitous. Commentators call it “an epidemic,” a condition akin to “leprosy,” and a “silent plague” of civilization. This year, the U.K. went so far as...

Economic funds allocated in Britain for the prevention of suicide. Suicide latest figures.

New funding in England has been allocated to suicide prevention, around 28.6 million Euros. The aim is to reduce suicides by 10% by 2021, although its final goal is to achieve the desired “zero suicides” for patients with psychiatric disorders. This money is primarily allocated...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects  Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causing someone’s death            In order enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not...

Providing death ritual to patients may be a way to decrease burnout among medical personnel

Based on the increasing rates of suicide among medical staff in North America and other countries, many studies have been published and institutions are working to prevent it. In this sense, an article in the Journal of Palliative Care (see HERE) presents one way to decrease...

Mental health crisis in United Kingdom’s schools with worrying deliberate self-harm and suicide rates

National Children’s Bureau recent report synthesises the increasing problem of the children in a clue moment of their formation. The authors affirm “We are facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms. The growing number of children and young people experiencing...

Figures of Euthanasia deaths rise by 67% in Nederlands. 7000 deaths in 2017

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has presented findings for the last five years, where the number of people who have died by euthanasia in the Netherlands has risen by 67%: from 4,188 in 2012 to more than 7,000 in 2017.  “Cases are set to exceed 7000...
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