I noticed that quite a few people here actually spend their time trying to convince other visitors not to end their lives. I was wondering, why is it that you believe these lives to be important enough to actually put effort into trying to preserve them? There are several general categories that I am aware of: Religion - some religions teach that ending one's life is a sin. One may believe that by "saving" or "guiding" these "lost sheep", one will gain "credit" (for lack of a better term) from their deity that will increase their own chances of getting into paradise. Ethics - one may believe in a "value of human life" or something along those lines. Research - many people are not as open with psychologists and the like as they are on anonymous boards such as this. Other - possibly some unrelated reason, or perhaps a combination of the ones mentioned. In any case, these are just general reasons I can think of, it would be interesting to hear more detailed explanations. And on a side note, I noticed a lot of users here are from the U.K., is it really such a depressing place?