Suicide crisis in remote towns highlights need for caution
A court has declared a sacred practice unconstitutional.
“Suicide” evokes nooses, bridges, bullets and 20-storey buildings, a depressing panorama for assisted-suicide activists. How about "dignicide"?
Two incidents this week show opposing responses to publicising suicides.
Egging people on to commit suicide can be regarded as free speech which is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled.
For some people with depression suicide is a rational response to their suffering
America's foremost expert in the psychology of suicide this week offered an alarming account of what he calls "the suicide epidemic" in Western nations.
Is this related to sex-selective abortion?
Two cases of euthanasia in New Zealand have been used to push the legalisation agenda, with politicians agitating for legal change. Each has involved men who helped terminally ill family members to commit suicide.
A group of Hawaii doctors is offering to write prescriptions for terminally ill patients in order to test whether physician-assisted suicide is permitted under state law, American Medical News reports.
Assisted suicide cases in Switzerland have grown steadily over the past decade to almost 300 in 2009, its Federal Statistics Office reported this week.
Timo Konietzka, former Germany international and the first footballer to score a goal in the country’s Bundesliga competition, died on Monday by assisted suicide, his wife reported to German media.
The number of patients in Switzerland who killed themselves with the help of assisted-suicide organisations rose significantly in 2011, new figures show.
Jack Kevorkian’s suicide machine was withdrawn from an auction last week after failing to reach the reserve price.
Nurses will be warned that they could go to prison if they talk to patients about assisted suicide. They will be told that they face prosecution if they are found to have spoken about any aspect of assisted suicide with patients who go on to kill themselves.
More than 40 people have committed suicide since new guidelines for prosecuting people who helped them were issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.
A former GP from the UK admitted last week to helping as many as 30 people to end their lives at Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland.
Coroners are ignoring evidence of assisted suicide, claims an unofficial report on the link between chronic and terminal illness and suicide. “The Truth about Suicide”, from the Demos, a progressive London think tank, claims that about 10% of all suicides in England are linked to chronic or terminal illness.
In a hall in West London this week, a group of over-50s listened to a talk by “Doctor Death” that detailed the specifics of how they could take their own lives.
William Melchert-Dinkel, 48, the former nurse who encouraged the suicides of two people on internet chat rooms, was sentenced last week to 360 days in jail on a work-release program.
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