Diane Severin

I cannot agree with MAID for any person. To expand the criteria to the mentally ill is pseudo compassion. Having lived experience with mental illness in my family members, I recognize the effect the illness has on their decision making which is vastly different than what they would do when well. As a practicing oncologist, our patients complete a screening for distress form which asks them about suicidal ideation. If they identify thoughts of ending their life, we treat this as an emergency and obtain immediate psychological/psychiatric assistance for them. What are we to do when the criteria are expanded? As a physician I would always try to get them the help they need but it seems ironic that one of the available options would be to see the MAID team.

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