Euthanasia for mental health reasons, although far from hot, rising in popularity in the Netherlands

13 people with psychiatric diagnoses had “assisted suicides” in the Netherlands last year. According to the story in Dutch News 13 psychiatric patients were helped to die last year.

Failing at suicide can get you a psychiatric label, but not to fear, now having a psychiatric label can get you “assistance” in murdering yourself.

In cases of senile dementia, a neurological not a psychiatric condition, when you can see it coming, you can nip that eventual confusion in the bud.

Euthanasia among people in the early stages of dementia also rose last year to 49 cases, double that of 2010.

Euthanasia is gaining popularity as a sport these days it would seem.

The figures are in line with a general upward trend. The total number of euthanasia cases rose 18% last year to 3,695 and the number of cases has doubled since 2006, the report said.

A small portion of people in the Netherlands are taking this option. I imagine a few of them are actually in real pain.

Assisted suicide now accounts for 2.8% of all deaths in the Netherlands, researchers from four Dutch teaching hospitals and the national statistics office CBS found earlier this year.

I expect this means we will be seeing a rise in “assisted suicides” for mental health reasons in the years ahead.

When we say “assisted” we are talking a number of accomplices. The patient must be said to be “suffering unbearably”, the doctor must be convinced the choice is “informed”, and the concurring opinion of a second physician is a mandatory requirement.

Nonetheless, and despite these restrictions, 13 people in reasonably good health presumably, managed to get approved for “assisted suicides” due to their alleged “mental ill” health in the Netherlands last year.

Keep counting. These numbers are sure to rise.

UPDATE 9/26/12

A news story just out in LifeSiteNews claims Euthanasia out of control in the Netherlands.

This article points out that the 13 people with psychiatric labels who opted for “assisted suicide” last year was up from 2 people with “mental illness” labels who opted to do so the year before.

A report cited in the same article from The Lancet noted that 23 % of the incidents of euthanasia go unreported.

Up up up is the word.

It is important to recognize that the number of reported euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands has increased by 19% in 2010 and 13% in 2009

Since ’06 this incline is as follows…

There were 1923 reported euthanasia deaths in 2006.
There were 2120 reported euthanasia deaths in 2007.
There were 2331 reported euthanasia deaths in 2008.
There were 2636 reported euthanasia deaths in 2009.
There were 3136 reported euthanasia deaths in 2010.
There are 3695 reported euthanasia deaths in 2011.

This spate of euthanasia has just been given a shot in the arm by the recent launch of mobile euthanasia units.

On March 1, the euthanasia lobby in the Netherlands launched six mobile euthanasia teams. The NVVE, euthanasia lobby in the Netherlands, announced that they anticipate that the mobile euthanasia teams would carry-out 1000 euthanasia deaths per year.

Misfits in the psychiatric system are going to be targeted by these mobile teams.

The mobile euthanasia teams plan to fill unmet demand for euthanasia for people with chronic depression (mental pain), people with disabilities, people with dementia/Alzheimer, loneliness, and those whose request for euthanasia is declined by their physician. In 2010, 45% of all euthanasia requests resulted in death by euthanasia.

If it is still apparently easier to do it yourself, given legal euthanasia, I expect this 45 % approval rate to rise to well over 50 % sometime in the future. When it comes to approval for “assisted suicide”, a greater demand for euthanasia will mean more doctors willing to meet that demand.

Stay connected all you anti-lifers. It seems ‘death-wish’ fulfillment has got a very bright future indeed.

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7 Responses

  1. The degradation is total. Live by psychiatry, die by psychiatry. Great story find.

    • You don’t need a real disease to be approved for “assisted suicide”, all it takes is a psychiatric label now. There was a story last year about a person with a “bipolar disorder” label who was going to Holland to have it all ended. Personally I like for suicide to be a Do It Yourself (DIY) sort of thing. When other people get involved, there is that guilt factor that they should be concerned about. “Suicide assistance” sounds a lot like homicide if you ask me.

      • Assisted suicide for people with a psychiatric disorder is a disturbing trend. When a person is in the throes of mental illness, they are likely to think it a good option. But the emphasis ought to be on cure and encouraging people to have something to live for.

        Mobile euthanasia units?! “Hey! Feeling down today? We’ll be in your area this afternoon – Come on down!”

  2. I think this has been long overdue and should be available to those with severe mental health problems who see no other way out.

    • I disagree. What we euphemistically call “assisted suicide” is actual homicide. If a person wants to kill him or herself, that person can do the research, and do it him or herself. People have the right to kill themselves if they so choose. Who is to stop a person? Oh, yeah. I forgot. The mental health authorities. If they can catch him or her. “Mental illness”, so-called, is only so “serious” as a person makes it, and it is certainly no reason to kill oneself. What we think of as emotional disturbance, in and of itself, never killed anybody. People kill people, the demons of pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo neither possess, nor kill, people.

  3. “Mental illness”, so-called, is only so “serious” as a person makes it, and it is certainly no reason to kill oneself. What we think of as emotional disturbance, in and of itself, never killed anybody.

    A person does not necessarily make their illness more serious on any kind of conscious level – you might as well bring all diseases to account and examine the differences in attitude between cancer sufferers and the effect upon their outcomes; the problem being with mental ill health that cultivating a positive mindset might be impossible for one reason or another. The decision to take one’s own life would depend upon the amount of suffering involved in either case and the amount of suffering any given individual can tolerate.

    I would say that emotional disturbance is the primary factor in taking one’s own life where extreme physical pain or disability is not involved. Therefore emotional disturbance does kill people, albeit indirectly.

  4. That first part should be in quote marks – apologies.

    That said, the increase is of concern and the introduction of mobile units beggars belief. Mobile libraries and mobile health screening units, yes. Mobile euthanasia teams, no. A resounding, “No.” It smacks of some kind of “cleansing” to reduce the amount of mental health sufferers; conveniently presented at their doorsteps. Perhaps if that doesn’t work, they might take to identifying and shooting people down in the street who have shared such wishes with their GPs.

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