Category Archives: suicide prevention

Center for Disability Rights Creates PSA on Assisted Suicide in Response to Me Before You

[Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of a Press Release issued by the Center for Disability Rights, NDY’s close partner in Rochester, NY.] The Center for Disability Rights has created a PSA to address disability and assisted suicide, one of the primary topics highlighted in the new romantic comedy, Me Before You. The film is … Continue reading Center for Disability Rights Creates PSA on Assisted Suicide in Response to Me Before You

DREDF and NDY Weigh In Against Proposed CA “1-800-KILL_ME” Hotline

[Editor’s Note:  Thanks to the Patients Rights Action Fund for the brilliant “1-800-KILL_ME” label.  It says it all.] A lead sponsor of the California assisted suicide law has proposed to take the state sponsored program to a whole new level, urging legislators to fund a dedicated phone line to promote – eh, respond to questions about … Continue reading DREDF and NDY Weigh In Against Proposed CA “1-800-KILL_ME” Hotline

Stephen Mendelsohn: CT Suicide Prevention Plan 2020 Includes Concerns About Disability & Assisted Suicide

[Editor’s Note:  This Guest Blog is from Stephen Mendelsohn, one of the leaders of Second Thoughts Connecticut.] This is likely a first from the mainstream suicide prevention community:  The Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB) recognizes that legalizing assisted suicide encourages people with disabilities to commit suicide.  Here’s the relevant excerpt from the State of Connecticut Suicide … Continue reading Stephen Mendelsohn: CT Suicide Prevention Plan 2020 Includes Concerns About Disability & Assisted Suicide

Robin Williams and the Hypocrisy of Suicide Prevention Organizations

The sudden emergence of suicide prevention organizations and their representatives in the media responding to the death of Robin Williams has been mind-blowingly outrageous to me – I track the suicide coverage – assisted and non-assisted – of old, ill and disabled people regularly. It’s part of my job. A near-constant in reading and watching … Continue reading Robin Williams and the Hypocrisy of Suicide Prevention Organizations

John Kelly Talks About the Tim Bowers Case

On December 5, 2013, NDY’s John Kelly talked about the Tim Bowers case during public comments he provided by telephone to the National Council on Disability.  Bowers is the Indiana hunter who was injured in a fall and died the next day when he told doctors to stop life support.  John requested the Council’s help … Continue reading John Kelly Talks About the Tim Bowers Case