I don't know if this is the right subreddit for this kind of question, but I would really like to hear some opinions on this topic. So what I am wondering, if we compare schizophrenia or depression and a terminal somatic disease, i.e. cancer, there seems to be general acceptance of the 'right to suicide', meaning that when the pain or general condition worsens to an unbearable level, the cancer patient might commit suicide and there is no discouragement (or even help, but that's a different topic). If a psychiatric patient talks about self harm, this almost always results in hospitalisation to prevent this, without even taking into consideration that the person might be in a 'clear phase' where they weighed their options and consciously decided that this is not a life they want to continue (I am not very familiar with psychiatric diseases, but a psychiatrist told me complete insight and high mental capacities are possible in cases of schizophrenia and depression). Doesn't this conflict with their autonomy? Do people have a 'right' to end their own lives? Doesn't this discourage the patients from opening up completely, knowing that there are serious repercussions if they talk about this? Again, I hope I can get some of your opinions and maybe clinical insight.
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