In the Netherlands, a public debate was sparked by the case of Zoraia ter Beek. At 28 years old, she made the difficult decision to undergo euthanasia in May due to severe mental health struggles that included depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder. Despite having a supportive boyfriend and pets, she believes that her mental illness is incurable.

The doctors informed her that there were no further treatment options available, which led ter Beek to make the decision to end her suffering through euthanasia. This trend reflects a growing movement in the Netherlands where euthanasia is legal, as more individuals choose to take control of their final days rather than endure prolonged suffering.

The case of Zoraia ter Beek sparked public debate among those who see her decision as a concerning trend of healthcare professionals resorting to euthanasia due to mental health issues, versus those who view it as a way to give terminally ill patients more freedom in their end-of-life decisions.

In recent years, more and more individuals are considering euthanasia as an acceptable end-of-life option, especially with mental health issues exacerbated by various stressors such as economic uncertainty, climate change and social media. Health ethicists in the Netherlands have expressed concern about the increasing acceptance of euthanasia for psychiatric disorders among young people.

Ter Beek’s euthanasia procedure will take place at her home where a doctor will give her a sedative followed by a drug that stops her heart. Her boyfriend will be present during the proceedings and she will be cremated with her ashes scattered in a designated forest location.

The legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands in 2001 led to an increase in the number of deaths through euthanasia each year, prompting criticism from those who believe that this law could encourage suicide. Before taking leave of absence, Ter Beek addressed these issues on social media.

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