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 Lethal Judgments : Assisted Suicide and American Law (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)
coverNight Falls Fast : Understanding Suicide by Kay R. Jamison.  

"Suicide is a particularly awful way to die: the mental suffering leading up to it is usually prolonged, intense, and unpalliated," writes Kay Redfield Jamison. "There is no morphine equivalent to ease the acute pain, and death not uncommonly is violent and grisly." Jamison has studied manic-depressive illness and suicide both professionally--and personally. She first planned her own suicide at 17; she attempted to carry it out at 28. Now professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she explores the complex psychology of suicide, especially in people younger than 40: why it occurs, why it is one of our most significant health problems, and how it can be prevented. Jamison discusses manic-depression, suicide in different cultures and eras, suicide notes (they "promise more than they deliver"), methods, preventive treatments, and the devastating effects on loved ones. She explores what type of person commits suicide, and why, and when. She illustrates her points with detailed anecdotes about people who have attempted or committed suicide, some famous, some ordinary, many of them young. Not easy reading, either in subject or style, but you'll understand suicide better and be jolted by the intensity of depression that drives young people to it. --Joan Price

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Euthanasia World Directory

The Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization offers links to Web sites from right-to-die groups in the United States.

 

Suicide

Addresses the causes behind suicidal thoughts and offers suggestions on how to overcome them. Links to sites from suicide prevention organizations are included.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide among children, adolescents, and young adults--United States, 1980-1992. MMWR 1995; 44-289-291.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Programs for the prevention of suicide among adolescents and young adults; and suicide contagion and the reporting of suicide- recommendations from a national workshop. MMWR 1994; 43 (No.RR-6).

 

Befrienders International

An international, confidential, suicide prevention group. Users can contact the group to talk through e-mail, regular mail and telephone; addresses and numbers provided.

This web site provides information about befriending and how it can help to prevent suicide. It lists the contact details of hundreds of befriending centers around the world, where people who are feeling suicidal can talk to trained volunteers.

 

Dying With Dignity

This Canadian group outlines its positions in support of euthanasia, assisted suicide and living wills at this site. The society's newsletter, the results of a recent Gallup poll on assisted suicide and links to related sites are also available.

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN A FRIEND IS DEPRESSED
A Guide for Teenagers

Covers the symptoms of depression and what to do for a suicidal friend.

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As a teenager, you know that these school years can be complicated and demanding. Deep down, you are not quite sure of who you are, what you want to be, or whether the choices you make from day to day are the best decisions.

Sometimes the many changes and pressures you are facing threaten to overwhelm you. So it isn't surprising that from time to time you or one of your friends feels "down" or discouraged.

But what about those times when a friend's activity and outlook on life stay "down" for weeks and begin to affect your relationship? If you know someone like this, your friend might be suffering from depression. As a friend, you can help.

 

A Consumer's Guide to Mental Health Information

This page concentrates on providing Internet resources to consumer-survivors - people who have been within a mental health system.

 

A Time To Die

Site documents the last year of the life of Noel David Earley, a man stricken by Lou Gehrig's disease who fights for the right to choose how and when he will die.

 

DeathNet

 Advancing the Art & Science of Dying Well.  This site has been set up for discussion on death. Euthanasia, assisted suicide and living wills are just some of the topics covered.

 

Austin Bastable: One Man's Struggle for a Death with Dignity

Details about Austin Bastable's plans for an assisted suicide, which he published online.

 

Healing of Nations

Provides suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention services for Native American youth, and offers links to related material.

 

Mental Health Net

Offers support and understanding with info on symptoms, treatment, and resource listings. Features support options.

 

Youth Suicide Prevention

San Pedro Youth Coalition offers advice to alert people to suicidal tendencies and how to deal with them, and gives support contacts.

 

Gay Youth Suicide Problems

Focus on the problem in the homosexual and bisexual communities and the role of HIV, highlighted by Internet surveys and academic studies.

 

Preventing Adolescent Suicide

Explore the options for school and community programs designed to identify and help youth, from America's Continuing Education Network.

 

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