Media ethics 101: How not to report suicide
Two incidents this week show opposing responses to publicising suicides.
Is advising people to kill themselves a case of free speech?
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.
Suicide can be rational, says editor of Bioethics
For some people with depression suicide is a rational response to their suffering
Expert makes impassioned call to address the Western suicide epidemic
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.
Suicide the leading cause of death for young Indian women
Is this related to sex-selective abortion?
Euthanasia on the boil in New Zealand
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.
Five Hawaii doctors offer assisted-suicide to terminally ill patients
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.
First figures on assisted suicide published
Assisted suicide cases in Switzerland have grown steadily over the past decade to almost 300 in 2009, its Federal Statistics Office reported this week.
German football legend dies by assisted suicide
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.
Assisted-suicide booms in Switzerland
The number of patients in Switzerland who killed themselves with the help of assisted-suicide organisations rose significantly in 2011, new figures show.
Auction of Kevorkian paintings and suicide machine a damp squib
Jack Kevorkian’s suicide machine was withdrawn from an auction last week after failing to reach the reserve price.
British nurses could be jailed for mentioning assisted suicide
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.
44 assisted suicides in UK since CPS guidelines published
More than 40 people have committed suicide since new guidelines for prosecuting people who helped them were issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Family doctor helped “up to 30” to end their lives at clinic
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.
English coroners turn blind eye to assisted suicide, says report
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.
Nitschke runs suicide workshop in London
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.
Judge sentences former nurse who helped people kill themselves
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.
Suicide drugs could become available over the counter in UK if euthanasia laws are changed
Suicide drugs could become available from pharmacists if assisted suicide is legalised, two of the UK’s most highly regarded legal and medical experts have said.
91-year-old woman sells suicide kits
It came in a simple white box decorated with a butterfly.
Woman who attempted suicide while pregnant is charged with murder
After her boyfriend betrayed her, Bei Bei Shuai, a 34-year-old pregnant Chinese immigrant living in Indianapolis, ate rat poison to end her misery. She survived, but her baby died of seizures in January, four days after birth
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