Suicide

Books Podcast: What really causes depression?

12 January 2018 10:56

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast — arranged in partnership with the male suicide prevention charity CALM — I talk…

Derren Brown tells Daily Mail hacks to commit suicide

12 January 2016 13:17

Last year Benedict Cumberbatch came under fire for giving an impromptu expletive-filled rant on the government’s handling of the refugee crisis…

Many people feel their life is worthless. The Assisted Dying Bill tells them they might just be right

10 September 2015 12:50

As Charles Killick Millard conceded, there was an issue about grandparents. Millard, the leading figure of the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation…

We don’t encourage suicide, so why should we assist it?

30 June 2015 11:10

As MPs prepare to consider a private member’s bill to license what is being euphemistically called ‘assisted dying’, in Belgium…

A phone used to be a helpline. Now it’s a device used to film people in distress

17 March 2015 17:14

A pal recently told me a story. It was about a friend of theirs who had been travelling on a train…

The crisis of masculinity won’t be solved with antidepressants

23 February 2015 15:50

There was much discussion recently about the rise in male suicide rates, after official figures published last week showed they…

Policymakers must address high male suicide rates

19 February 2015 17:15

It’s pretty tough to find good news in suicide statistics, but today’s figures for 2013 are particularly grim reading. The number…

Good Samaritans or sinister surveillance? The app that tries to stop suicide

30 October 2014 17:01

According to an email I received earlier this afternoon, I should be worried about the mental state of someone I…

When did suicide cease to be morally repugnant?

15 August 2014 15:37

The great Theodore Dalrymple once came up with the theory that there is a fixed level of righteous indignation in…

It’s time we accepted that depression is a terminal illness

15 August 2014 14:29

For Robin Williams, depression was a terminal illness. He also, his wife has revealed, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. These two…

There’s cause to worry about our sons as well as our daughters

2 May 2014 15:41

The graph below shows one of the most unsettling trends I’ve come across. It’s the female and male suicide rates,…

Lord Falconer has the wrong ideas about assisted suicide

5 January 2012 19:39

So Lord Falconer’s commission, funded by Sir Terry Pratchett, has concluded that there is a ‘strong case’ for assisted suicide,…

The debate over assisted suicide

5 January 2012 16:59

Looking at today’s report by the Commission on Assisted Dying, the first thing that jumps out is just how comprehensive…