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Is voluntary assisted dying the same as suicide?


People seeking voluntary assisted dying are not suicidal; they don’t want to die but are dying of a terminal illness and simply want to control how and when it happens and how much they need to suffer at the end.

Australian laws expressly state that voluntary assisted dying is not suicide.

If you are affected by the issue of suicide or want to support someone experiencing suicidal ideation, visit Conversations Matter or Beyond Blue

If you (or someone you know) require immediate assistance, contact one of the following 24/7 crisis support services: Lifeline (13 11 14), Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467), MensLine (1300 78 99 78), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or Headspace (1800 650 890).