Loneliness a key factor in Dutch ‘psychiatric’ euthanasia

A majority of people killed by euthanasia in the Netherlands for so-called psychiatric reasons had complained of loneliness, a new study has found.

Researchers in the US found that loneliness, or “social isolation”, was a key motivation behind the euthanasia requests of 37 of 66 cases reviewed.

The study by the National Institute of Health looked at killings carried out between 2011 and 2014.

These were permitted even though a person can qualify for euthanasia under Dutch law only if they are suffering unbearably from an untreatable condition.

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