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Mental health
supports should
neverinclude
assisted suicide.

In March 2023, the government will open up assisted suicide to Canadians with mental illness. Please help us to stop this!

Days left to make a difference:  0364

As of March 2023,

doctors can offer all these Canadians
assisted suicide.

This grandfather
with dementia.

This mother who
struggles with
depression.

This university student
with anxiety and
suicidal ideation.

These are people
you know.

If members of Parliament went back to their constituents and said that instead of having suicide prevention or mental health programs, they would like to make it easier for people with mental illness to die, there would be an outcry.

— CHARLIE ANGUS, NDP MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Why should you care
about suicide prevention?

A system that is failing

Expanding assisted suicide to those with mental illness encourages stigmatization and a culture of neglect for those who are suffering. It teaches us to support our family members and friends in their wish to die rather than encouraging us to serve them in life-affirming ways.

Offering assisted suicide as a ‘cure’ reduces incentives to invest in and improve mental health treatments. In a country that already struggles to offer adequate mental health care, medically assisted death for the mentally ill is a step backwards.

What can you do about it?

Here are some talking points to help you!

  • Supporting those with mental illness means offering suicide prevention and supportive care for everyone.
  • The wish to die is always a symptom of an unmet need. 
    Our response should be to discover and to meet unmet needs, not to give in to the desire to die. 
  • Expanding assisted suicide encourages a culture of neglect for suffering, elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable people and devalues their lives. 
  • Canada needs to promote suicide prevention and life-affirming care for all. 
  • We should not accept some suicides as rational choices worth supporting and others as tragedies to prevent.

Help us stop the expansion of assisted suicide to those with mental illness.

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PLACE ORDER

Tampering with the trust needed in the doctor-patient relationship by inserting the possibility of [MAiD] as an outcome, may undermine psychiatric treatment; ambivalent patients, knowing that [MAiD] could be placed on the table as a treatment option, but not really wanting death, may avoid disclosing their suicidal ideations to their physician for fear of having MAiD foisted upon them

— THE OTTAWA CATHOLIC PHYSICIANS’ GUILD