Methods File

Last-modified: October 16 1993

Hello, folks. This is the semi-famous Methods File. It contains information on many different ways to take your own life. Some of them are serious, some of them are not. Hopefully, you can see which is which by yourself, but I'll try to mark them anyway.

This file will be posted on the third and seventeenth of every month. It may take a while before it gets out to your site.

The early versions of this file were created and maintained by Michael Marsden, who unfortunately no longer has access to the Net. After he left, the File sort of hung in a Limbo for a long time, in custody of a variety of people I can't remember (if you at some time or other were a maintainer of the File, I'd like to hear from you). I think, but am far from sure, that Angela Watson (a.k.a. Psycho Kitten) was the last "official" maintainer, but I got the impression that she no longer is.

Anyway, I have dictatorially taken over the custodianship of the File. If you want to complain, my email address is

Comments on the content of the file are welcome, generally speaking. If your comments are of the kind "You shouldn't help people kill themselves, you should help them towards a better life instead", you're wasting your time. I've grown very tired of that debate, and will most probably no longer reply to mail with that general content. The most basic difference in opinion between me and those who have mailed me telling me I'm a monster, seems to be that they think that death is an inherently Bad Thing, while I don't.

What follows is a not-so-slightly edited version of the last File posted by Mike Marsden. The text's "I" is Mike, my comments will be marked. And so will mine. (Ingvar Mattsson, HTML converter)

  1. Preamble
  2. Methods: poison
  3. Methods: other than poisoning
  4. Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ)
  5. Notes by Calle
There is also an index of most of the entries in the methods file.