Aug 232011

A Demos report “The Truth About Suicide” (by Louise Bazalgette, William Bradley, and Jenny Ousbey) has hit the headlines. It suggests that at least 10% of suicides are by people with chronic or terminal illnesses. Let us hope that an important message is finally heard and understood: Sometimes suicide is a rational and sensible way of handling an illness or disability, and support or assistance rather than prevention is sometimes the best response. (Disclaimer: I am a paid-up member of “Dignity in Dying“, which lobbies for a change in the law on assisted dying. I want the change to the . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]