Decriminalising suicide

If the aim of criminalising suicide attempts is to deter people from ending their lives and protect the vulnerable, it’s failed.

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There are other legislations and programmes to help prevent suicide other than criminalising suicide attempts.

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Malaysia’s move to decriminalise suicide is a positive step but much more is needed to help those suffering.

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Despite having the law on their side, people who attempted suicide in India are continually harassed by authorities and don’t receive appropriate help.

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Nigeria missed the unique opportunity to address its anti-suicide laws in the new mental health bill.

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By capturing data on suicide cases and rates, a registry database can help provide better intervention programmes.

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Bangladesh inherited its suicide laws from the colonial era. A more modern approach is needed to deter the behaviour.

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In December 2022, Pakistan repealed the penal code criminalising attempted suicide. Now the focus can shift to better understanding the scope of the crisis.

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