A lot of people with serious mental illnesses end up committing suicide. It is not just depression either; people commit suicide for all kinds of reasons.
One man in Canada wants help ending his own life. He suffers from depression, anxiety, and another psychiatric disorder called somatic symptom disorder. He is in pain all the time, but there isn't a physical cause of it.
Adam Maier-Clayton is 27-years-old, and he says mental illness has ruined his life, and he wants to die. Physician-assisted death is legal in Canada, but mental illness is currently not on the list of conditions to qualify for it.
The government is currently reviewing his case. Hesays:
“There is no cure for what I have. With modern science we don't understand mechanically what is going on inside of my brain.”
He also said:
"To people who are so extremely ill that no amount of treatment will make them better, and they want to die, it’s nonsensical to not give them access to death. Because first of all, it confines them to a lifetime of pain. And second – and this is an incredibly important point: People who want to die are going to die."
Maier-Clayton experiences constant pain, burning sensations, nausea, and more. It even wakes him up sometimes when he is trying to sleep.
Honestly, I'm on the fence about this one. What I have is also incurable, but I can live with it. I think everyone should be able to make that choice for themselves.