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Suicide




Unit 7: Medical Ethics
Suicide ­ the act of killing yourself with the deliberate intention of ending your life

Traditionally

Unforgivable sin that automatically stops someone from entering heaven
Up till the 19th century ­ suicide victims were refused to be buried in Churchyard
Legal after 1961

Churches AGAINST…

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Suicide




The Samaritans

Founded by an Anglican priest Chad Varah
Believed that many suicides could be prevented if the victims have someone to talk to.
Counsel unhappy people
Phone lines open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week all year
Anonymity is maintained, all information remains confidential
Only listen…

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