Suicide: Do happy people ever kill themselves?

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– Worldwide
In general, if you're outside the US, numbers for your country are here: Help a friend – Befrienders Worldwide. You can also e-mail to talk to someone or go to… to speak with someone.

– United States
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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– Canada
Locate a crisis centre in your area and at The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (link to: Find A Crisis Centre). For youth under 20, you can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

– India
Visit AASRA or call their 24/7 helpline at +91-22-27546669 or +91-22-27546667. You can also e-mail

– UK 116 123 (to reach the Samaritans in the UK)
– France (33) 01 46 21 46 46
– Australia 13 11 14

4 Replies to “Suicide: Do happy people ever kill themselves?”

  1. A "happy person" is someone who is generally, almost always happy.  The label refers to how they show up in life–the full expanse of it.  No one is ever exempt from the full range of human emotion, however.  Even the happiest people, myself included, can sometimes be angry, frustrated, annoyed, infuriated, depressed, etc.  It only takes a moment to kill yourself, so anyone who is subject to even just a tiny moment of suicidal thoughts, is subject to going through with killing themselves.  In my opinion, that's everyone.
    That said, another reason could be if that happy person believes that killing him or herself is for the greater good of some cause or some other person's well-being.  A happy person, satisfied with what they've had in life, may feel that they've been blessed so much already, they are ready or willing to die to let someone else get to where they are.

  2. The only situations of which I imagine such an unlikely event: an accidental overdose, for religious beliefs, to escape a horrible fate that awaits (an incurable disease), or those that live life with reckless abandon, and fear the monotony of conforming to a life less thrilling. The notion of ending one's life is by human nature a terrifying prospect, even for those clinically depressed. Add to that, the fact that "happiness" is a state of being from which hope naturally flows, would a genuinely happy person, just wake up one day and say, "it's time to get my ticket punched because I've enjoyed my life so far." It's hard to imagine.

  3. I don't have any data, but suicide while being happy does make some sense. When I eat a meal with my family, I always eat the tastiest food last because that is the flavor that stays with me after the meal. Applying this metaphor to life, some may consider it better to leave life when they are happy.

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