Rational Suicide: How can we Respond to a Request for Help?
Battin M P
Identifies 17 specific considerations a mental-health professional may use to help the terminally-ill, the permanently disabled or the elderly person explore whether suicide would be rational or irrational. These are formulated without antecedent bias towards prevention & without interpreting interest in suicide as evidence of depression or mental illness. Dying, severely disabled & aged persons considering suicide may thus trust & consult mental-health professionals about their plans. (3 refs.)