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Why on Earth is Anyone Surprised By the Rise in US Suicides? Advertising Works.

News sources are reporting with surprise and seeming alarm on the Center for Disease Control’s newly released statistics showing that deaths by suicide in the entire US are on the rise.  Why the surprise?  It has been common knowledge since the rise of mass media, and even before, that advertising works. True Dignity has neither […]

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Hopeful News: The California Legislature May Refuse to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Though nothing is certain at this point, Aaron Kheriaty, a psychiatrist and medical ethicist from the University of California at Irvine who is closely following the assisted suicide bill in California , writes in an article posted on the Wall Street Journal website last night that the bill’s recent placement on a Senate committee’s “suspense […]

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     Boldly displayed on a dry-erase board in Room 46 at the Vermont Statehouse, the meeting room for the House Human Services Committee, is a short list of principles the Committee has established to guide them as they consider legislation that affects Vermonters. The very first goal listed is: “Ensuring that vulnerable (Vermonters) are safe […]

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The “Movement” for Assisted Suicide: A New Kind of Religious Zealotry

Assisted suicide is becoming a pseudo-religion, a form of spirituality, in which “(Brittany) Maynard has become a sort of secular saint for the cause, and the media have provided her hagiography,” according to Psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty of the University of California at Irvine.  What is being worshipped?  In a blogpost linked below, Kheriaty writes that it is […]

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Another Example of Vermont’s Doublespeak on Suicide

Once again the Vermont Legislature is exhibiting an alarming inconsistency on the topic of suicide. The March 19 Burlington Free Press carries an article about a House resolution discussed March 18 in the Vermont House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/18/vermont-military-suicide-resolution/24986339/ Proposed as a joint resolution for the House of Representatives and Senate, […]

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A Deep and Tragic Irony: In VT Lawmakers Praise Suicide Prevention Efforts While Legally Enabling Suicide

The following resolution praising the state’s suicide prevention workers was presented today in the VT House: http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/RESOLUTN/HCR039/HCR039%20As%20Introduced.pdf. Among the choice quotes: “…suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals and families of all ages, socio–economic strata, ethnicities, and cultures…” True Dignity could not agree more.  We have been saying exactly this for years.  According to […]

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Vermont’s Suicide Conflict of Interest

Two stories were in the Vermont news this week that highlight a very real conflict of interest over suicide in this State. Vermont Public Radio aired an interview with JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, Director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC), on suicide prevention: http://digital.vpr.net/post/more-funding-needed-suicide-prevention-advocates-say Meanwhile, several media outlets published stories glamorizing two recent Legislature-endorsed (per Act […]

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