Ellen Cohen of the National Network for Mental Health, https://nmhin.ca/ explains her resignation from the federal government’s Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying and Mental Illness. Cohen describes some of the underlying social and health dynamics involved.
Cohen lays out the need to more urgently reflect further on MAID for Mental Illness, but also on the need to make more effective our current systems of care in mental health, but also social and general health care, before we implement this legislation in March!
Why I resigned from the federal expert panel on medical assistance in dying
Taking aim against this practice is the psychiatric consumer-survivor movement, which began in the 1960s, when people started to challenge some of the harmful and coercive effects of psychiatry, including forced treatment, stigma and discrimination. But disability communities are diverse, and I know that consumer-survivors are divided on the issue of MAID and mental health. …
See the article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.co...maid-mental-illness/
For further background and critique, please see this Policy Options article:
Missing the mark on a profound social change with MAiD for mental illness
The Trudeau government rushed MAiD legislation for political reasons. The law’s defenders invoke the right to equality while ignoring serious dangers.
(image from Policy Options https://policyoptions.irpp.org/ : of leaves blowing away from a tree, in the form of a face)
See the article here: https://policyoptions.irpp.org...-for-mental-illness/