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We are born with the ability to take our lives. Each year a million people make that choice. Even societies where suicide is illegal or taboo, people still kill themselves. Suicidal feelings should not be under-estimated, they are real and powerful and immediate. The victims are driven by pain not choice. Suicide isn't chosen - it happens when pain exceeds the resources for coping with pain. But we do know that suicide is often a permanent solution to a temporary problem. And we also know that most people who once thought about killing themselves are now glad to be alive. They didn't want to end their lives - they just wanted to stop the pain.

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Editor dr. Albert Benschop
Social & Behavioral Studies
University of Amsterdam
Created September, 1996
Last modified 15th March, 2014