Canadian Man With Mental Illness Wants Right to Die: ‘Non-Existence Is Better Than This’

clayton-compressedWINDSOR, Ont. — A Canadian man who struggles with dissociative depersonalization disorder, mood disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, and who says he suffers debilitating pain, is seeking the right to die and is expressing his objection that a newly-passed assisted suicide law does not allow those with mental illness to end their life.

“Non-existence is better than this,” Adam Maier-Clayton, 27, told CBC News. “The real reason for someone like me wanting the right to die is simple: Once there’s no quality of life, life is akin to a meaningless existence.”

As previously reported, earlier this year, lawmakers in Canada approved C-14, which “recognizes the autonomy of persons who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes them enduring and intolerable suffering,” and allows them to seek out medical assistance to end their lives.

Maier-Clayton, an atheist who says that he is willing to “take his chances” with eternity, says that the bill should include those such as himself who suffer with mental illness.

“I am determined to stay alive long enough to make a serious contribution in showing Canada’s federal government why excluding sufferers of refractory mental illness from Bill C-14 is both heartless and inhumane,” he recently posted to social media. “Though, unfortunately my activism will be short lived as I am certain that 2017 will host the day of my rational suicide. If not sooner, only time will tell.”

Maier-Clayton states that his pain feels like his body is being burned with acid from his brain out to his eyes, chest and arms, and that the pain is exacerbated when trying to read or speak.

“I can’t get through three pages of a book,” he told reporters. “Just to get through the first two would leave me with six hours of pain. I can’t read, I can’t write.”

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Doctors have yet to pinpoint the cause of his psychosomatic pain, and medications have not been successful. Maier-Clayton, a business graduate whose condition worsened while in college, feels that unless something changes, he would rather end his life.

“I’m not afraid of death,” he told reporters. “I could kill myself if I wanted to, but it’s not just about me. It’s about all these other people, too.”


However, some state that Maier-Clayton should not seek out suicide, but should rather keep fighting to regain his life.

“Adam, don’t do it! You apparently have not been well looked after,” wrote Dr. Edward Shorter, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto whose study interests include psychosomatic illness. “While one cannot make a definitive diagnosis of Adam’s plight owing to the lack of detail, there are medical illnesses he could have that might produce all this pain, though much of it is mental in nature (yet nonetheless real). If he turned out to have such an illness he could be treated for it and given back his life.”

He opined that Maier-Clayton could indeed be dealing with psychotic depression and needs the proper care.

“He believes that he is not depressed, based on the fact that ‘I don’t hate myself.’ But that doesn’t rule out depression. What steers the observer towards psychotic depression is this pain theme. He’s enveloped in it,” Shorter explained. “This sheer cheerlessness—called anhedonia—is another characteristic of serious depression: the annihilating hopelessness these patients experience. There is no source of joy—no sunray of happiness—left in life. It seems like a miserable plod to what they hope will be a quick end.”

He said that he is concerned that Maier-Clayton could pave the way for psychiatric patients to legally kill themselves.

“For sure, many of these patients want to kill themselves—and some do. But when they’ve been successfully treated and are back to their families, their jobs, their dogs and their sports careers, they recognize psychiatric euthanasia as a profound waste of life and a shocking breach of medical ethics,” Shorter stated.

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  • Joshua Krug

    Tell him to believe in God.

    • Jenny Ondioline

      You can’t tell someone to do that.

      • Joshua Krug

        I can, and I did. And as you can see below, I am not the only person who thinks so. Sometimes men need to take from the faith of others.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          What I mean is you cannot tell a person who fundamentally has no belief in a deity to believe in God.

          • Joshua Krug

            Maybe there is something to build with.

      • OF course you can. Why can’t you?

  • bowie1

    Perhaps it is his conscience that makes him restless with his lack of belief in God.

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    He should hang in there. I know some psychiatric patients who suffered horrifically for years, and then something turned around, and they had quality of life again. I hope good people are around you Adam.

  • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

    I understand how he feels. There was a time I wanted to die. The Lord delivered me and saved my life. I pray he will seek God. I pray for him to be healed.I pray for him to receive peace and happiness. ♥

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Praise God for your deliverance! I hope he sees your post.

      • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

        Yes Praise God. God is so great. I just wish others could see how great God is.

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          If they knew Him, they would love Him.

          • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

            Yes they would love Him.

  • Ira Pistos

    This man needs prayer. Our prayer.

  • Becky

    “I am determined to stay alive long enough to make a serious contribution in showing Canada’s federal government why excluding sufferers of refractory mental illness from Bill C-14 is both heartless and inhumane,” he recently posted to social media. “Though, unfortunately my activism will be short lived as I am certain that 2017 will host the day of my rational suicide. If not sooner, only time will tell.”

    Drugs or therapy do not help the demon possessed as this heathen is. It’s only through Christ our Lord, whom this heathen rejects, that will heal the possessed. He wants to take as many people to their perdition as possible. I should not pray for this heathen. Rather, God forbid that this heathen should succeed in his endeavor to deceive others.

  • stars misplaced

    hopefully canada will make it legal for maier-clayton and others like him, to get the help they need and want.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Christless Canada is meaningless as well because Canada, too, was established to spread the Christian religion. Canadians need Jesus for salvation. All Canadians should be made sing all verses of “O Canada” instead of just verse 1 for them to repeal mental illness.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Sheer selfishness. This man should do something to protect women and children. After mapping out the Planet Earth, there is nothing else to do? So sad. The Westerners must trust in God again.

  • Dan Jones

    The very fact that he has mental illness shows he is not capable of making a decision like this…

    Okay pay me my $150 an hour for solving this problem…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

  • Debbie Demitasse

    This story is very sad. Such a young and good looking man with so much potential, looking to destroy his life. The truth is this man is demon possessed, that is why he is going through all this torment. His shirt says it all, he does not believe or follow God. He is doing the work of his father Satan and he does not even see it. Satan is using him to bring about his agenda, people killing themselves, making the decision that only God should make.

  • Jenny Ondioline


    • Ever lie?

      • Jenny Ondioline

        I’ve taken the “Are you a good person” quiz before. It’s a house of cards. You are on the brink of calling me a murderer and a few other things which I am decidedly not.

  • Bezukhov

    His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Psalm 146:4 KJV

    Now explain existence without thoughts.

  • Bezukhov

    Not so much. To suffer requires thought. David said the dead have no thoughts. Can you see the contradiction?

  • David

    It is his life, and his life to take.

  • Jenny Ondioline

    No thanks. And until people actually take another human life, don’t use your Jesus to guilt them by calling them “murderers” when they are not. That “good person” quiz is disgusting.