Suicide Action Montreal Advocates the Development of Palliative Care

Report from the Select Committee on Dying with Dignity

MONTREAL, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Suicide Action Montreal (SAM) is not in favour of assisted suicide or euthanasia. It advocates rather the development of palliative care to relieve the pain suffered by those facing inevitable death.

In the wake of the report from the Select Committee on Dying with Dignity, SAM's Ethics Committee examined the issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia. This led to the creation of a document entitled Suicide Action Montréal - Suicide assisté et euthanasie : Position de Suicide Action Montréal, which states the organization's official position on the subject and emphasizes the principles involved, the notion of suicide prevention and the definition of the terms used. It also presents assisted suicide and euthanasia as undesirable avenues and focuses on assistance and palliative care.

Suicide Prevention Week: continuing to act

As part of Suicide Prevention Week, SAM wants to remind our province's population and its leaders of the importance of continuing to act and to make use of the services available in Quebec to reduce the deaths caused by the terrible scourge that is suicide.

About SAM

SAM's services are aimed at people who are suicidal, their loved ones, people who have lost someone to suicide and community workers. For more information on our services, go to: www.suicideactionmontreal.org

If you need help or are worried about a loved one, appropriate resources are available in your region, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through our free intervention hotline at 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553).

SOURCE: Suicide Action Montréal

For further information:

Interviews: 
Anne Riby, Suicide Action Montreal
514-723-3594 ext. 232

André Landry, Managing Director, Suicide Action Montreal

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