The Dignitas clinic is in Forch, near Zurich, Switzerland, and therefore operates under Swiss law, which, since 1941, has permitted assisted suicide provided it is done for altruistic reasons. It can be doctor-assisted hastened death, or non-doctor. Assisted suicide for the mentally ill is legal but rare due to the difficulty in accurate diagnosis.
It is always reported to the police, and there are fees involved. Travel and hotels are of course the responsibility of the person asking for help.
Only the states of Oregon, Washington and Montana the Netherlands, and Belgium permit physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill, competent adults, but it is for residents only, and there are strict guidelines.
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How to contact Dignitas in Switzerland.
Dignitas must be fully informed in advance of a person’s wishes, circumstances, and agree to help. It is not a ‘walk-in’ clinic.
On 20 January 2006, DIGNITAS SAID:
“At the time being, we are not able to help mentally ill people because the authorities do declare to withdraw doctor licences if a doctor will write a prescription for mentally ill people. DIGNITAS has therefore introduced legal steps in order to clarify the situation by the Swiss Supreme Court or, if the latter will not render a positive decision, by the European Court on Human Rights at Strasbourg.”