ERIC Number: EJ883281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Suicide Prevention: The Case of Telephone Helpline Rescue Policies
Mishara, Brian L.; Weisstub, David N.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n2 p159-169 Apr 2010
The ethical basis of suicide prevention is illustrated by contrasting helpline emergency rescue policies of the Samaritans and the AAS and the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. We contrast moralist, relativist, and libertarian ethical premises and question whether suicide can be rational. Samaritans respect a caller's right to decide to die by suicide; U.S. helplines oblige emergency intervention during an attempt even against the caller's will. We analyze the effect of emergency rescue when there is high suicide risk but an attempt has not been initiated. We examine links between values and actions, needs for empirical evidence to guide practice, and propose vigorous dialogue about values in the gray zone of moral practice.
Descriptors: Safety, Prevention, Suicide, Ethics, Help Seeking, Telecommunications, Moral Values, Intervention, Emergency Programs, At Risk Persons
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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