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I've been collecting articles about the poor treatment and attitudes towards suicidal people and I wanted to share them here. I hope these are informative for you and if you have anything similar please link it in the comments. [Attempting suicide is not a crime under Maryland law. But an Eastern Shore man was convicted of it](http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-suicide-criminal-charge-20180222-story.html) The 56-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday in Caroline County District Court to one count of “attempted suicide” and was sentenced to a three-year suspended jail sentence, and two years of probation. [Elderly raided for suicide drugs as police conduct anti-euthanasia operation](https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/85399849/elderly-raided-for-suicide-drugs-as-police-conduct-antieuthanasia-operation) Two elderly Wellington women with suicide drugs have been pounced on by police, who are conducting a national operation thought to be targeting a euthanasia group. He said it appeared a police task force had "infiltrated" Exit, whose members have an average age of 75, as they cracked down on people wanting the option of dying on their own terms. [Police seize euthanasia advocate’s helium balloon kit](https://exitinternational.net/police-seize-euthanasia-advocates-helium-balloon-kit/) Acting on directions from Wellington police, the policemen explained they had grounds to believe they would find those materials, which were evidence in respect of a suspected crime: aiding and abetting suicide. She was also given a letter suggesting support services for depression and offering contact details for the “Operation Painter investigation team” at Wellington Central Police Station. [How Facebook’s AI Is Helping Save Suicidal People’s Lives](https://www.fastcompany.com/40498963/how-facebooks-ai-is-helping-save-suicidal-peoples-lives) Earlier this fall, a woman in Alabama brandishing a knife went live on Facebook and made it clear that she was suicidal. But before it was too late, the social-networking platform contacted the authorities, who were able to find her and get her to the hospital. In March, the company announced a pilot project in the U.S. that would leverage AI to proactively identify Facebook posts signaling a user’s suicidal intent and expedite bringing those posts to the community operation team’s attention. [Most Confidential Crisis Lines Covertly Trace Calls, Send Police](https://www.madinamerica.com/2014/10/confidential-crisis-lines-covertly-trace-calls-send-police/) Most crisis lines across the US trace calls and send police to people’s homes if crisis line staff feel someone might be at risk of suicide, according to an article in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the official journal of the American Association of Suicidology. The authors acknowledged that the practice is controversial. “(T)here has been small but significant disagreement in the crisis center community as to whether actions to save a caller’s life without his or her consent (active rescue) should be required at all. Fear of potential police intervention can deter individuals from discussing their suicidal thoughts with others, including crisis line helpers; involving the police can at times have invasive, counterproductive results.” [The Lifeline network] website assures that, “Your call is confidential and free.” Nevertheless, the authors of the article stated that callers should have an “implicit understanding” that crisis line staff with suicide prevention mandates might sometimes covertly breach confidentiality and privacy. [Euthanasia drug: Two facing importation charges](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-21/euthanasia-drug-two-facing-importation-charges/5467808) State and federal police have visited 12 members of the group Exit International over the past month in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. "They actually arrived with search warrants and then of course had the right to go through a person's house and searched and it was in one of those cases where some of the drug was found," [Philip Nitschke] said. "The other places where searches actually took place at the person's house nothing was found." [Border Force seizes copy of assisted suicide book written by Philip Nitschke](https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jun/16/border-force-seizes-copy-of-assisted-suicide-book-written-by-philip-nitschke) Australian Border Force has seized and destroyed copies of a book that provides information on euthanasia and assisted suicide to the elderly and the seriously ill. People who have ordered the book receive instead a note from the Border Force which reads: “Customs prohibits importation of documents relating to suicide ... The importation of a device designed or customised to be used by a person to commit suicide is prohibited absolutely.” [Suicide drug of choice in mail](https://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/news/suicide-drug-of-choice-in-mail/news-story/69a14080e913f63544277e6038b7dcb3) Dr Nitschke's book, The Peaceful Pill Handbook -- the title of which uses a euphemism for Nembutal -- was banned in Australia after a special federal law was passed in 2005 making it a crime to use a telephone, fax, email or the internet to discuss or research assisted suicide. That offence carries a $110,000 fine. An Australian Federal Police spokesperson said no one had been charged with downloading Dr Nitschke's book. Importing Nembutal into Australia carries a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment or a $550,000 fine. Don Flounders, a 79-year-old man dying from mesothelioma, had his home raided by the Australian Federal Police last year after publicly admitting he and his wife, Iris, 85, had bought three bottles of Nembutal in a pet shop in Tijuana and smuggled them to Australia. They gave one of the bottles to a friend who was dying of bone cancer and hid the rest. [Refugee on Nauru convicted of attempted suicide to 'deter' others](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/15/refugee-on-nauru-convicted-of-attempted-suicide-to-deter-others) A single father living as a refugee on Nauru has been charged and convicted for attempting to take his own life, after prosecutors sought to use his case as a deterrent to people holding protests. Nemati was given a 12 months good behaviour bond, but a statement from the Nauruan government said prosecutors had sought jail time of between one and two months “to deter other would-be offenders who resort to self-harm to avoid lawful actions against them or to get what they want”. Nemati was arrested, charged, and convicted by the Nauruan justice system within weeks, while several cases of alleged assaults and abuse have gone without consequence for months.