Tag Archives: Suicide

Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults — Family First NZ

National Institute on Drug Abuse 22 June 2021 Family First Comment: More proof that NZ dodged a bullet by voting NO…. “An analysis of survey data from more than 280,000 young adults ages 18-35 showed that … Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults Read More » The post Cannabis use may be…

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The Changing View of Suicide in Western Culture — The BFD

Suicide has been regarded differently by societies around the world and throughout history. To the ancient Romans, it was an honourable reaction to disgrace: “falling on your own sword” refers to the action that might be taken by a disgraced leader. In Japanese society, the feudal notion of ritual suicide, seppuku, long persisted: in WWII,…

via The Changing View of Suicide in Western Culture — The BFD

DEA: Teen depression and suicide linked to marijuana use — Family First NZ

Fox 29 18 November 2020Family First Comment: “In 2019, there were nearly 700,000 youths, ages 12 to 17, that was addicted to marijuana, which shows an increase of nearly 187,000 new youth in 2019 alone with cannabis use disorder,” said Dr. Kenneth Finn, Pain Medicine Physician in Colorado. Finn has seen the negative effects it’s having…

via DEA: Teen depression and suicide linked to marijuana use — Family First NZ

“No evidence’ supporting rumour suicide rates have increased under lockdown — Your NZ

A press release from the Mental Health Foundation: There Is No Evidence New Zealand’s Suicide Rates Have Increased Over Lockdown The Mental Health Foundation is deeply disappointed to see a rumour circulating that there has been a dramatic increase in suicides in New Zealand over the lockdown period. “There is absolutely no truth to this […]

via “No evidence’ supporting rumour suicide rates have increased under lockdown — Your NZ

Why the End of Life Choice Bill will increase our appalling suicide rate — Right to Life New Zealand

 

Right to Life believes that New Zealanders have a right to be fully informed of the potentially disastrous effect on our appalling suicide rate if we vote yes at the referendum for the introduction of the End of Life Choice Act. It is imperative that the government urgently provide accurate information to the people of…

via Why the End of Life Choice Bill will increase our appalling suicide rate — Right to Life New Zealand

World Medical Association Reaffirms Opposition To Euthanasia And Physician-Assisted Suicide — Family First NZ

 

World Medical Association 26 October 2019Family First Comment: ‘The WMA reiterates its strong commitment to the principles of medical ethics and that utmost respect has to be maintained for human life. Therefore, the WMA is firmly opposed to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide… No physician should be forced to participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, nor should…

via World Medical Association Reaffirms Opposition To Euthanasia And Physician-Assisted Suicide — Family First NZ

Official: There Is No Video Of Epstein’s Death — Infowars

 

As news broke of billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s death this past weekend, there were calls for video footage to be immediately released, in order to prove what the vast majority disbelieve, that he could have committed suicide.But, there is no video, according to officials.First there were reports that 24 hour cameras were malfunctioning: You’ve…

via Official: There Is No Video Of Epstein’s Death — Infowars

Smoking cannabis as a teen increases risk of depression and suicide as a young adult, says study — Family First NZ

 

Stuff co.nz 14 February 2019Family First Comment: “This group of cannabis users represents approximately 5 to 10 per cent of the adolescent population, with these individuals being at significantly increased risk of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, as well as engaging in anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, individuals in this group will also display higher levels…

via Smoking cannabis as a teen increases risk of depression and suicide as a young adult, says study — Family First NZ

Police investigation into MP ‘inciting suicide’ claim — Your NZ

The Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint of allegations that an unnamed MP of inciting to suicide in a text message to Jami-Lee ross. “We are not in a position to discuss specifics of the investigation while it is still ongoing.” Ross said it was not right to comment on an active police […]

via Police investigation into MP ‘inciting suicide’ claim — Your NZ

Co-Founder Of FEMEN Commits Suicide In Paris — peoples trust toronto

Oksana Shachko, one of three co-founders of the FEMEN movement, has committed suicide in her Paris apartment after two previous attempts. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Paris, FEMEN gained international fame for its topless protests against sexism, prostitution, political corruption, religious institutions, homophobia and other social issues. After fleeing Ukraine in 2013, the organization has since branched […]

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The dark side of Anthony Bourdain — Fellowship of the Minds

Last Friday, June 8, 2018, we were told that Trump-hater celebrity-chef Anthony Bourdain, 61, host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” had died that morning in a French hotel of suicide. Bourdain allegedly hanged himself using the belt of his bathrobe. Last September, Bourdain said he would give Trump poison if given the chance. In November, he […]

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Netflix CEO Defends ‘13 Reasons Why’: ‘Nobody Has To Watch It.’ — Daily Wire

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has been a source of major contention since debuting in 2017. On the one hand, critics argue the show glorifies suicide, while proponents say it does the exact opposite.

via Netflix CEO Defends ‘13 Reasons Why’: ‘Nobody Has To Watch It.’ — Daily Wire

Chelsea Manning ‘Safe’ After Appearing To Threaten Suicide On Twitter — Daily Wire

Convicted leaker-turned-transgender activist Chelsea Manning is reportedly “safe” after posting a photo on Twitter late Sunday evening that showed a person’s feet on a ledge, overlooking the street below. The picture, posted to Manning’s account with the caption, “I’m sorry,” appeared to suggest that Manning was contemplating suicide. The Tweet was eventually deleted.

via Chelsea Manning 'Safe' After Appearing To Threaten Suicide On Twitter — Daily Wire

Australian scientist David Goodall dies after lethal injection — Family First NZ

The Sydney Morning Herald 10 May 2018Family First Comment: How ironic. At the bottom of this disturbing article is this statement…“Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline…”Apparently some suicides are okay. Apparently. http://www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz Australian scientist David Goodall has ended his life at a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland, asking in his final words:…

via Australian scientist David Goodall dies after lethal injection — Family First NZ

Euthanasia advocate fined $7500 for importing drug her friend used to take her own life — Family First NZ

TVNZ One News 11 May 2018Family First Comment: Good decision. Assisting suicide should always be a crime.www.Protect.org.nz The woman who was put on trial for the assisted suicide of her friend has today been sentenced for providing the drugs she used to take her life. Susan Austen was found not guilty for aiding the suicide…

via Euthanasia advocate fined $7500 for importing drug her friend used to take her own life — Family First NZ

Enabling Suicide Should Always Be A Crime — Family First NZ

Media Release 11 May 2018 Family First NZ is welcoming the decision in the Wellington High Court of the conviction and fining of Susan Austen who enabled a woman to commit suicide. Family First is now calling on the police to lay similar charges against Dr Philip Nitschke. Family First is also calling on the…

via Enabling Suicide Should Always Be A Crime — Family First NZ

The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia — Letters to a Young Conservative

Another from my Facebook newsfeed. I don’t usually post a lot about euthanasia, but we all know that suicide isn’t okay so why should it be okay if you’re terminally ill are suffering. Just like abortion isn’t a solution to a crisis or high risk pregnancy, euthanasia isn’t the solution. The real solution is better […]

via The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia — Letters to a Young Conservative

Mike King predicts a rise in suicide rate — Your NZ

Mike King, who is closely involved in addressing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand, predicts the numbers will go up. NZH: Mental health advocate Mike King is predicting a rise in our suicide rate “We have to understand there are so many suicides that aren’t recorded. “Coroners have to be 100 percent sure. […]

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party — The Daily Blog

NZ First will almost certainly cease to exist as a party if it props up a National government over the next three years. On nearly every significant economic and social policy the NZ First policies differ little from Labour. They both favour significant increases in the minimum wage. Both want public transport infrastructure expanded. Both…

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How the Media Promote (Some) Suicides — Family First NZ

First Things 1 September 2017Family First Comment: An excellent insight…..“When some suicides are promoted in media, law, and popular culture as a social good—as assisted suicides are—that can have an unintended effect on suicidal people who do not qualify for “assistance” under the law….“Due in part to the media’s promotion campaign, suicide has become a…

via How the Media Promote (Some) Suicides — Family First NZ

Do Bill English and Jacinda Ardern realise euthanasia (and suicide) is a conscience issue? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern is all snippy with Simon O’Connor for daring to challenge her with his own views…so is Bill English: At a rally at parliament yesterday, Ms Ardern told the crowd that it was devastating that more than 600 New Zealanders killed themselves last year. She also spoke of her best friend’s brother who took…

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You Don’t Discourage Suicide by Assisting Suicide — Family First NZ

Media Release 11 Sep 2017 Family First NZ is warning that there is a ‘social contagion’ aspect to suicide – assisted or non-assisted – and that we need more discussion about suicide prevention, not euthanasia. The warning is being reiterated after the disagreement between National’s Simon O’Connor and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern regarding suicide. “You don’t…

via You Don’t Discourage Suicide by Assisting Suicide — Family First NZ

Transgender Suicides: What to Do About Them — Family First NZ

Public Discourse 27 July 2017Family First Comment: Excellent commentary…. “I have personally experienced gender dysphoria, and I explored transition in my early twenties. I am aware of the emotional struggle, but I am also aware of the empowering realization that I alone control how I perceive the world…. …We cannot forget the real tragedy in…

via Transgender Suicides: What to Do About Them — Family First NZ

Former coroner calls to Break The Silence on suicide — Your NZ

The next article in a series at NZ Herald on suicide: Let’s Talk: Former chief coroner Neil MacLean joins call to Break The Silence on suicide Warning: This article is about youth suicide and may be distressing for some readers. Former chief coroner Neil MacLean says breaking the silence on suicide could curb the “horrifying” […]

via Former coroner calls to Break The Silence on suicide — Your NZ

Opening up on suicide — Your NZ

 

New Zealand has an appalling suicide rate, especially young people and especially young Maori people. Our youth suicide rate (25 and under) is the second worst in the developed world. The teen rate (15-19) is the worst, so high it raises the global average. People and publications are becoming increasingly willing to talk openly about […]

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WHY IS PARLIAMENT NOT SERIOUS ABOUT PREVENTING SUICIDE?

Media Release Sunday 11th June 2017 Right to life asks how can members of parliament seriously support the government’s suicide prevention strategy and at the same time support the end of life choice bill which if passed will have the government paying doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide? Right to Life…

via WHY IS PARLIAMENT NOT SERIOUS ABOUT PREVENTING SUICIDE? — Right to Life New Zealand

It’s not pain but ‘existential distress’ that leads people to assisted suicide, study suggests

The Washington Post 26 May 2017
Family First Comment: Interesting findings – and debunks claims that euthanasia is required because of physical pain..
“Their quality of life is not what they want. They are mostly educated and affluent — people who are used to being successful and in control of their lives, and it’s how they want their death to be.”
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“These patients considered a hastened death over prolonged periods of time and repeatedly assessed the benefits and burdens of living versus dying… Lack of access to health care and lack of palliative care also were not mentioned as issues of concern.”

But a study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the answers may be surprising: The reasons patients gave for wanting to end their lives had more to do with psychological suffering than physical suffering.

The study, based on information from Canada’s University Health Network in Toronto, represents all 74 people who inquired about assistance in dying from March 2016 to March 2017. Most were white and were diagnosed with cancer or a neurological disorder like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying law, or MAiD, allows for adults with serious and incurable diseases in an advanced state to seek help. At the University Health Network, which operates four large hospitals, patients must go through several levels of evaluations, and if they meet the criteria, they can come to the hospital to receive a lethal medication intravenously.

For many people, death from a terminal illness may be synonymous with pain. Much of the discussion about assisted suicide focuses on compassionate palliative care for cancer patients and about suffering that can’t be controlled by even the strongest opioids. But that’s not what the people in the new study report.

“It’s what I call existential distress,” explained researcher Madeline Li, an associate professor at University of Toronto. “Their quality of life is not what they want. They are mostly educated and affluent — people who are used to being successful and in control of their lives, and it’s how they want their death to be.”

“It has been very surprising to me,” Li said in an interview.

One of the main things these patients bring up has to do with “autonomy.” It’s a broad philosophical concept that has to do with being able to make your own decisions, not being dependent on others, wanting to be able to enjoy the things you enjoy and wanting dignity.

One patient was a marathon runner before her cancer left her confined to bed. “That was not how she saw her identity,” Li said. Another patient, a university professor, identified his intellect as the most important quality that he values in himself: “He had a brain tumor, and he didn’t want to get to the point of losing control of his own mind, couldn’t think clearly and couldn’t be present.”

The study also provides information regarding one of the most controversial aspects of physician-assisted suicide: That it could be forced on the poor, uninsured or those worried about being a burden to their loved ones. In Canada, a requirement for being considered for MAiD is being under the national health insurance program, and most of the patients were financially well-off.

A study published in 2015 based on interviews with 159 patients or family members of deceased patients in Oregon — which allowed physicians to give prescriptions for self-administered lethal medications in 1997 — found similarly complex psychological motivations for decisions.

“These patients considered a hastened death over prolonged periods of time and repeatedly assessed the benefits and burdens of living versus dying,” researchers wrote in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. “None of the participants cited responding to bad news, such as the diagnosis of cancer, or a depressed mood as motivations for interest in hastened death. Lack of access to health care and lack of palliative care also were not mentioned as issues of concern.”

Likewise a study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1999 about the first year of the Oregon law noted: “Many physicians reported that their patients had been decisive and independent throughout their lives or that the decision to request a lethal prescription was consistent with a long-standing belief about the importance of controlling the manner in which they died.”
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Promotion & Enabling of Suicide Always A Crime

 

Media Release 12 May 2017 Family First NZ says that it is disturbing that a group is campaigning for a woman charged with importing a drug linked to euthanasia and charged with assisting suicide. “The police are absolutely correct to be investigating, shutting down and prosecuting the promotion of suicide in New Zealand, and especially…

via Promotion & Enabling of Suicide Always A Crime — Family First NZ