The ramifications of legalizing suicide

It has come to my attention that our Legislature will be soon voting on a bill (HB 1659) to make assisted suicide legal here in New Hampshire.

As someone who has worked in the mental health field for decades, I am gravely concerned about this.

In my career, I have personally witnessed many people with serious psychiatric illnesses who believed there was no hope of recovery. But then with compassionate, supportive care, many were able to recover and again live healthy, productive lives…

Right now, here in New Hampshire, we already have a very serious suicide problem, especially among teenagers. If this bill were to become law, it would become easy for a teen or anyone who’s suffering or depressed to think, “Well if the state now allows suicide, what’s so wrong with it anyway?”

…I grieve when I think of the ramifications of this bill…

Read more at the Concord Monitor…

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