Year: 2003 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.33, no.2, (Summer 2003), p.192-200 SIEC No: 20040649

In the course of a large epidemiological study in the region of Basle, Switzerland, from 1992 to 1996, a considerable rise in suicides assisted by the right-to-die society EXIT was uncovered after wide press coverage of an assisted double suicide of a prominent couple in that region in March 1995. Further investigation revealed that the rise of assisted suicides for a period of 2 years after the critical event was statistically significant compared to the 2 years previous to the double suicide. Implications are discussed. (34 refs)