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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

President Arif Alvi's approval of the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2022, abolished the punishment for attempted suicide in Pakistan (officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan). This legislative reform eliminated colonial-era laws and demonstrated a commitment to prioritising mental health support and suicide prevention over punishment.

By fostering a more compassionate environment, Pakistan seeks to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking behaviour, and build a more robust mental health support network.

"It is the duty of the welfare state to provide relief to its citizens instead of criminalising the one who is already suffering. It is, therefore, expedient to omit Section 325 of the Pakistan Penal Code." Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja

Decriminalising suicide will have a positive impact on mental health policy. It encourages the development of crisis support systems and better access to mental health resources. While it is a step towards a more inclusive and empathetic society prioritising mental well-being striking suicide from the code may not be sufficient to address Pakistan's suicide crisis.

Healthcare programs, stigma reduction, and a greater understanding of mental health issues are crucial to suicide prevention. The collaboration between mental health providers and the legal systems, along with improved access to psychiatric services, is vital in creating a more supportive environment for those facing mental health challenges.

Pakistan's journey towards decriminalisation opens the door to a broader conversation about mental health awareness and support, ultimately contributing to a more resilient and empathetic society.

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