One way that the question of mental competence can be addressed is by way of a well-expressed suicide note. Especially if you do not mind that your death is recorded as ‘suicide’.
A suicide note is a statement of intent (in written, video, oral recording or other social media form) that outlines why a person ended their own life. The note will offer insight and explanation for those left behind, including, if necessary for the authorities.
When considering how or what to include in a suicide note, the following points may be helpful. One could say:
• The decision was the result of careful consideration • No other person was involved in this decision • The decision was not influenced by outside pressures • If the person was suffering from a serious illness this should be mentioned
• In short, paint a picture which any reasonable person would be able to relate to and sympathise with.
Once the note has been signed and dated, it is wise to make a few photocopies. If written, give or mail copies to close friends (if you have told them of your plans). Or use a sealed envelope and ask them to ‘keep it safe’. That way you need not reveal the exact date and time of your plans. If you are in contact with a lawyer you could also give a sealed evnvelope to them also. Leaving your note hidden in a drawer in your home is another possibility. Let somone close and supportive know it is there to be used ‘just in case’ questions are asked.
A well written suicide note will not only help confirm that you knew what you were doing - that you had mental capacity to die - but it will help keep others safe. It is much more difficult