Suicide: Facts, religious
aspects, ethical considerations...
If you feel suicidal right now, please consider doing one of the following:
You can look for the number of a suicide hot line, distress center, or crisis center within the first few pages of your telephone book. This might be the best option, because a local group may be able to suggest better referrals for you
If you are located in the U.S. or Canada, you can phone The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: ™
You don't need to be suididal to call most of these lines. They generally receive many more calls from people who need referrals, or are distressed, or in need of information, than calls from persons who are suicidal.
A brief overview:
Why people committ suicide continues to be a largely unanswered question. Most people believe that suicides are associated with a long-lastingdepression; they are often "a permanent solution to a temporary problem." But, data shows that:
"... about 2% "of severely depressed people eventually die by suicide, which is only slightly higher than the 1.6% of people from the general United States population who eventually die by suicide."
In North America, they seem to peak annually in the early springtime. One theory is that individuals decide to commit suicide while profoundly depressed in the dead of Winter, but lack the ability to organize their own death. Later, when the weather improves and they feel more in control and are able to arrange their suicide.
Others who commit suicide are not depressed. They kill themselves because of terminal illness, intractable pain, and/or the loss of dignity, control, and autonomy -- or anticipated loss -- which often accompanies terminal diseases.┬
Emergency support services are available to help persons with suicidal ideation, often on a 24 hour basis. Suicide prevention hot lines (sometimes called distress centers, crisis centers, hotlines, Contact, Telecare, etc.) offer non-judgmental, confidential, caring support by trained volunteers. Telephone numbers are often listed on the inside front cover of local telephone books.
Throughout North America, the act of committing suicide is no longer a crime. Except for certain cases in the states of Oregon and Washington, assisting a person to commit suicide remains a criminal act.