Adam Maier-Clayton’s death renews debate on assisted-dying access for those with mental illness

The suicide of Adam Maier-Clayton, a 27-year-old man who was an advocate for extending the right to a medically assisted death to those suffering from severe psychological distress, is likely to intensify one of the most difficult parts of the debate about assisted death in Canada. [...]

“What Adam did over the last year and a half is he asked a lot of medically difficult questions related to medical assistance in dying and people who have severe psychological and psychiatric illness,” said Shanaaz Gokool, the CEO of Dying with Dignity Canada. “He was young and articulate and incredibly bright, but had a lot of conviction around his condition and around this issue,” she said.