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Suicide is NOT a crime

Suicide is NOT a crime

by Kevin Caruso

The vast majority of suicides occur because of mental illness. And the number one cause for suicide is untreated depression.

So why do some people STILL refer to suicide as a crime?

And why is the term “Committed Suicide” still the most common term to describe suicide?

Answer: Ignorance.

Murder is a crime.

Rape is a crime.

Robbery is a crime.

Suicide is NOT a crime.

And for the few that still maintain the idiotic idea that suicide is a crime, this is your wake up call: You are part of the problem, and not part of the solution. Your woefully outdated mindset is the ultimate manifestation of ignorance.

And ignorance is rife in the field of suicide; so, unfortunately, you have quite a bit of company.

Let’s examine INTENT for a moment, which is always of paramount importance when investigating a "crime."

What is the intent of suicide?

To harm others?


Enough said.

Criminals INTEND to harm others with their criminal acts.

So stop criminalizing an act that occurs because people are mentally ill.

People who die by suicide NEVER intend harm. They are trying to end their pain, and their thinking is VERY distorted because of their mental illness.

They die by suicide because they feel they do not have any other option.

And someone who is mentally ill and passes away deserves great compassion – not criminalization.

And the loved ones of those who die by suicide deserve respect, love, and honor – not stigma.

Knock it off.

Suicide is NOT a crime.

It never has been. And it never will be.

All of the people in Heaven who died by suicide are angels – NOT criminals.

God bless them all. We love them all. We honor them all.

And God bless their angels on earth – suicide survivors.

We love them all. We honor them all.

They are heroes – NOT criminals.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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