Suicide means you are making the overpopulation a lesser problem without disrespecting the integrity of other people. It's the ultimate unselfish act a person can make.
And what if that person has dependents?
I think suicide can often (not always) be justified by the person who is comitting it. Also can be justified by those closest, witnessing the suffering of the individual. And then you can take the view of society into account. So... look at it in different ways.
It does depend on the circumstances though ...
For example, a person at the end stages of terminal cancer who is in terrible pain day and night and can not bear it any longer who truely believes they are ready to go. They, the individual may feel/think it is justified. The family and friends too may feel/think it is justified. Society as a whole may also reach the same conclusion as it is a drain on resources (if national health are paying). If it is private health insurance, society may also deem it justified based on rising prices due to persons having longer treatment etc.
Well, theres lots of variables.
My own personal perspective is that if someone is suffering so much (mentally/physically/both) they themselves can think of no other alternative and can no longer live in their own inner turmoil.
Well, i think it is their choice and i wouldn't judge them. I may however feel that is was a waste if other alternatives had not been explored/exhausted first and if no-one cared enough to help them.
The problem is...when do you say enough is enough, let this poor person go?
"We knew he was someone who had a tragic flaw, that's where his greatness came from"
I wouldn't assume that all or even most people who choose to end their lives are necessarily concerned with overpopulation.
Still, an objective analysis is quite viable.
Truth is I'm just playing devil's advocate. Subjective morality questions bore me.
A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '
I think a person should have absolute control over their own life, so long as it doesn't directly physically harm another individual and isn't a behavior that will radically disrupt the flow of society around us. Obviously it would cause great anguish and emotional turmoil for loved ones, relatives, etc. but I don't think that is sound enough reasoning to put control over a person's freedom to do what they want with them self in regards to suicide. In general, it's hard to hear stories of suicide whether you know the person or not, but still I think an individual holds supreme right over themselves and their body. If that's the way someone wants to "go out" then, I don't think there should be a law that stops them. I do think that ideally the family/community unit should be vigilant to watch out for depression and signs of suicidal tendencies and to seek help to whatever extent necessary. But at some point, your power is limited over that person, and if they just can't shake the blues, then what can you do?
My mom's best friend just recently lost her brother to suicide. I know it has been absolutely hell for my mom's friend to deal with emotionally, because she cared for her brother so much and tried for years and years to be there for him through his depression (and knowing this woman, I'm sure she went above and beyond in every way). He went in and out of treatment, tried various things, had tremendous support from his sister, but it wasn't enough and he couldn't find the will to live. Living was apparently just too much to bare. Would it be justified to restrict him from eliminating his pain?