This is a post from a while back, but I've been asked to run it again, so I'm going to:
Reader Jolene writes in and says, "Recently, a woman in our local Pagan community tried to kill herself. Thankfully, she was unsuccessful, and is now getting the help that she needs. What has me wondering is that I've heard a few people saying that her attempted suicide is against Pagan beliefs. I don't want to believe this, but I'm not sure what to think. Is there a Pagan rule or law relating to suicide?"
First of all, I'm happy to hear that this woman is okay -- and even more so to hear that she's getting the assistance that she clearly needs.
Second - and this is important - there are very few things in the Pagan community that everyone reaches a consensus on. Just like in the non-Pagan world, people are going to have different opinions on issues like this. There's no official Pagan doctrine regarding suicide, but then again, there's no official Pagan doctrine on much of anything else, either. While some people might find a spiritual opposition to it, others might be more accepting. It really all depends on the individual, and what experiences and background they bring to the table. For more on this, read Pagans and Suicide.
Please note that if you are someone with a history of suicidal thoughts and you find that reading about suicide is a trigger for you, you may wish to skip reading this article.
Meanwhile, the important thing is to remember that suicide attempts are typically representative of a larger problem, and anyone who is considering it is urged to get professional help. If you're a reader who is thinking about harming yourself -- or if you know someone who is -- please call the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 immediately.