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HAT Forum - "ASH - Assisted Suicide for the Healthy"

  • The 519 Rm 304 (check lobby screen) 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Suicide is a fact of life. According to the world health organization 800,000 people kill themselves every year. This translates to one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is especially prevalent with youth as it is the second cause of death for those in the 15 to 29 age range. Many of these suicides are gruesome, sudden and devastating to families and loved ones. In this context, the purpose of ASH is not to promote suicide but rather to provide society with a better method to manage it and potentially reduce it.

Research shows that 90% of those who commit suicide suffer from a form of mental or addictive disorder. Accordingly, and as a safeguard, having access to an ASH facility is only granted after enrolling (and completing) a 6 to 12 months mental health program.

 Questions:

-          Is it fair or moral to impose life on those who reject it?

-          Have you been exposed to suicide within your circle? Do you care to share your story?

-          Would you accept for a member of your family or a loved one to use an ASH facility? Or would you even consider using it yourself?

-          Who do you believe should fund ASH? The public or the private sector?

-          Do you think society will ever allow ASH to be offered?

-          What’s your biggest concern about ASH?

-          What can be done to improve the idea?

 References:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/suicide

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/01/23/in-ancient-rome-suicide-was-allowed-as-a-form-of-euthanasia/

NOTE: The HAT Forum adheres strictly to the City of Toronto Policy on Non-Discrimination (http://www.the519.org/public/content/policy-files/The519SpaceUsePolicy.pdf)