Google Doc | Author: Mati Roy | Created: 2019-04-14 | Updated: 2019-04-14 | Published: 2019-04-14 | Status: looking for feedback | Feedback: welcome; especially suggestions for other considerations

Epistemic status: This piece is merely attempting to map the answer space, and not making any attempts to answer the proposed questions. It seems like a good starting point, but I expect other relevant features to come up when I share this with other people. Putting a feature as part of the map doesn’t imply that this feature is important (to me) necessarily, but rather that it might be an aspect at least some people would take into consideration.

A typology of the value of intervening with suicidal people

Note on content: This piece is NOT about the long term civilisational impact of various policies on suicide, but rather on the (direct) impact that actions and policies would have on suicidal people themselves.

Note on approach to reading: I suggest contemplating the possible extremes of each aspect; I will sometimes provide them.

Value related questions

How sure do you need to be that someone wants to die to let them die?

Variations on the aspect of probability:

Variations on the aspect of the person:

On minds as multiple people:

Variations on the aspect of their motivation:

One the nature of the motivation:

On the accuracy of the motivation:

Variations on the aspect of dying:

Variations on the aspect of facilitating their death:

Epistemic related questions

How many people would like to die, but are not able to?

How many people (would) change their mind after attempting suicide? (or otherwise don’t really want to die in some ways).