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Do Not Harm – Help Me Die: Navigating Mental Health Issues in the Turbulent Waters of Intolerable Suffering and (Ir)remediability

Presented by Dr. Sonu Gaind

Dr. Sonu Gaind opens up his lecture by providing an understanding of the context of the ‘Carter decision ruling’ and ‘Section 7’*, upon mental illness. He further delves into appreciating their impacts on ‘Assisted Death policy in Canada’, particularly focusing on those issues and conflicts related to mental illness/mental health.


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Dr. Sonu Gaind is an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry and Chief of Psychiatry/Medical Director of Mental Health at the new Humber River Hospital in the west end of Toronto. He is President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a past-president of both the Ontario Psychiatric Association and of PAIRO, and is an Executive Member and Medical Practice and Tariff Chair of the Ontario Medical Association Section on Psychiatry.

He is actively involved in health policy development and advocacy for many years. As assisted dying policies are evolving in Canada, Dr. Gaind has testified in front of the Federal External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada, the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, the Special Joint Commons/Senate Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying and the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on issues relevant to mental health and mental illness.

Visit Dr. Gaind’s website at: or follow him on Twitter at @Psych_MD