World Suicide Prevention Day — Suicide Is Not Selfish

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International Association for Suicide Prevention

I don’t think desperately seeking to end seemingly unendurable pain qualifies as either advantage, pleasure, benefit, or welfare.

What interests me is the frequent claim that a suicidal person is selfish for not considering other people, but by the same token, wouldn’t it be rather selfish to expect a suicidal person to continue tolerating excruciating pain in order to avoid causing pain to the people around them?

So, is suicide selfish? I would say a resounding no.

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