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Canada to delay assisted death solely on mental illness until 2027

Ottawa, Canada Reuters Canadians suffering solely from mental illness will remain excluded from pursuing assisted death until 2027 because the healthcare system is not ready, Health Minister Mark Holland said on Thursday. A provision preventing those people from accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID) had been due to expire in March. Holland said he had […]

Mental health in spotlight in Hong Kong after violent attacks

A woman takes a photo in front of heart-shaped light installations in Hong Kong, China, on 25th June, 2023.

Hong Kong, China Reuters A series of brutal attacks in Hong Kong is shining a light on mental health in a city that has suffered from particularly acute strains while lacking sufficient resources to provide proper care for all who need it, mental health groups say. Violent crime is rare in the financial hub but […]

Canada prepares to expand assisted death amid debate

Canada Ottawa Supreme Court

Toronto, CanadaReuters Canada is preparing to expand its medically assisted death framework to become one of the broadest in the world, a change some want to delay due to concerns vulnerable people have easier access to death than to a life without suffering. Starting in March, people whose sole underlying condition is mental illness will […]

UN warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic

Peace monument Washington DC

London, UKReuters A mental illness crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday. “The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all cause or could cause psychological […]

Kay Warren to host annual gathering for survivors of suicide

Kaye Warren

Los Angeles, USRNS For the past seven years, Kay Warren has hosted an annual gathering at Saddleback Church in honour of Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. During that time, Warren said, there have been many strides in mental health awareness. One thing remains constant, though.  “The pain is the same,” said Warren, who lost her […]