Year: 1979 Source: International Congress for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention, (10th: 1979: Ottawa), p.73-74 SIEC No: 20091019

This presentation discussed when suicide prevention is morally permissible. It was suggested there are two situations when intervention should occur: when the suicidal act is immoral (this sort of prevention is said to be sometimes justified); or, secondly, when it is against an individual’s (or someone else’s) interests & the individual is not responsible for his actions. Three arguments usually given in support of the claim that suicide is immoral were reviewed. The presentation concluded with an attempt to provide some grounds for distinguishing rational from irrational suicide.