Suicide isn’t Painless

The following caught my attention while browsing PanGloss on the subject of suicide websites.

The UK Government has announced that the law on “suicide websites” is to be rewritten to ensure people know they are illegal. It follows concerns that people searching for information on suicide are more likely to find sites encouraging the act than offering support.

It is already illegal under the Suicide Act 1961 to promote suicide, but no website operator has yet been prosecuted.

Lilian Edwards (the author of PanGloss) worries that this will lead to a blanket blocking of all suicide related websites, including those offering valuable support.
She also points out that suicide law is different in Scotland and predicts that if this is not adequately dealt with, we might see an upsurge in suicide websites hosted on Scottish servers!

Image is the logo from the website: To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

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