Suicide tourism involves a person going to a destination with the intent of committing suicide.

Synonym: nonresidential suicide


Situation associated with suicide tourism:

(1) travel from a country prohibiting suicide to one that is permissive

(2) travel to a clinic that specializes in suicide

(3) travel to a specific location with some special meaning to the person


Persons contemplating:

(1) terminal illness

(2) disease with advanced deterioration (neruologic, rheumatologic, other)

(3) severe pain


Demonstration of intent:

(1) one-way travel arrangements

(2) travel to clinic specializing in suicide

(3) prior arrangements

(4) suicide note or communication


Differential diagnosis:

(1) suicide by a depressed traveler without prior planning

(2) homicide with staging

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