Tag Archives: mental health

Patients with dementia and psychiatric illnesses included as Dutch euthanasia cases rise steeply

 According to Dutch media reports today, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2011 increased by 18% to 3,695. This follows increases of 13% in 2009 and 19% in 2010. In fact from 2006 to 2011 there has been a steady increase in numbers each year […]


New suicide strategy is welcome but needs to address more effectively the phenomenon of media-induced suicide contagion

The Government has promised to pump £1.5 million into research exploring how to prevent suicides among those most at risk of taking their own lives. The pledge comes as ministers unveiled a new suicide prevention strategy (more detail including full report here) launched to coincide […]


Wise and courageous call in continuing treatment of anorexia patient

A High Court judge ruled yesterday that it is in the best interests of a woman who suffers from ‘extremely severe’ anorexia to be fed against her wishes. Mr Justice Peter Jackson found that the 32-year-old former medical student, who has other chronic health conditions, […]


Educating women is the key to lowering maternal mortality

The fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) put forward by the United Nations (MDG-5) proposes to reduce the world’s maternal mortality ratio by 75%, by 2015. But what is the best way of doing this? International programmes sponsored by the UK and US governments, and delivered […]


Abortion and mental health: the ‘debate’ continues for psychiatrists (or does it?)

Anyone interested in understanding more about the effects of abortion on the mental health of women, and any psychiatrists reading this, will find a new online article by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Previn Thevathasan, of interest. As well as briefly reviewing a few of the main […]