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suicide victims
May 11, 2000
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What counseling interventions can I use to help a client that wants to commit suicide with assistance from another. I really need this for a paper I'm writing, unable to locate any exact information on this.

May 11, 2000
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Please clarify. A client of a counselor wants to commit suicide with the assistance of another? Like jump in front of a car? Wouldn't the intervention be the same as with any other suicidality? Preserve life?

May 11, 2000
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Check the laws.

Hospitalization? Family intervention?

Group therapy?

Good luck

May 12, 2000
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Are we talking suicide or euthanasia?
is this person terminally ill?

Doctors allow assisted suicide all the time, by giving patients morphine boxes that allow the patient and relatives knowingly to administer a fatal dose.

In Holland, euthansia is legal (check exact legal staus - not sure of details) but I saw a serious documentary on the BBC about how elderly patients where being coerced into signing their own consent to euthanasia against their will.

When someone else assists a persons death, there can be many reasons.
So if someone were planning to do that, there would also be many different reason and therefore many different interventions would be appropriate to each individual case.

I would have thought that to assist someones death would be treated as conspiricy to murder in the eyes of the law and would require legal action against the helper and maybe hospitalisation for the person wanting death.

Your best bet, would be to ask a legal tutor about the law and cobine that with any knowlege you can find out about the obligations of a therapist in this situation.
it would surley be a case to break confidentiality.

Also what would be the legal consequences on a therapist if they DIDN'T report it? would they also be guilty of conpiracy to murder if it happened???

Facinating paper, please tell me though, this is hypothetical isn't it?
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May 15, 2000
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The paper i'm working on is mainly about the ethical issues stemming around assisted suicide I have covered all the basis from legal Oregons Law to autonomy, quality of life, and doctors rights... only issues I was having a problem with was the proper interventions. I definetly agree with you hazza about this would be a case where confidentiality should be broken. Thank you and others who answered my question with feedback beleve me it has been most helpful in putting my paper in prspective. Once again thank you for youe feedback.

May 15, 2000
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I believe that assisted suicide is a neccesity for the terminally ill or very old.

People should not have to live with terminal pain. The real issue is a religious one rather than a moral one as far as I'm concerned. and should be left up to the individual instead of the government.

May 15, 2000
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I believe it remains the individuals choice.

When we start to vote on it as a nation we become like the people who have decided the infirm, the elderly and the retarded have not right to grace this earth and use to many resources.

If a terminally ill patient chooses to die..then it should remain within the family and with the Dr. It should not be a public issue.

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