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Old 08.09.2017, 09:12
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Re: Assisted suicide article

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It depends which data you look at and also you need to look behind the data.
Suicides in Switzerland are often recorded as accidents.
The former owner of the flat where we live first cut her wrists open, then jumped out of the window in the hospital.
Her death was officially recorded as an accident. Yet everyone knows it was suicide. It is worth noting that she had been turned down by an assisted suicide organization.
The data in your link does not tell the whole/real story.
Suicide rates in Switzerland have always been higher than elsewhere.
Switzerland's suicide rates have been higher than the ones of neighboring countries because it has very open laws when it comes to assisted suicides. In 2014 there were 1000 suicides and over 700 assisted suicides (the latter number is growing, the former quite stable but on a downwards trend).

In some statistics, especially older ones, these assisted suicides were included in the suicide rate. This is now no longer the case and some statistics do not take assisted suicides into account when calculating the suicide rates. In this case the suicide number of Switzerland are comparable to other countries.

There are good reasons not to include assisted suicide in calculation of the suicide rate, when you want to compare different countries. People tend to chose a method to commit suicide. If this method is not available people do not freely substitute with another method. E.g. since the military reform in Switzerland in 2004 the amount of firearms in homes decreased, so did the suicides in the relevant age group. There are studies showing that the two effects are connected. Same has been observed when reducing the packaging size of paracetamol or the removal of carbon monoxide from households.

Accordingly, countries that have open "assisted suicide laws/practices" will naturally have higher suicide rates, as the make a controlled and "humane" method of suicide available to the public. Furthermore, the vast majority of assisted suicides are committed by people suffering from severe or terminal diseases. So I guess one could argue that there is a completely different psychology underneath these suicides.

That's my take on the whole story.
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