Suicide by Strangulation (“Suspension hanging”)

Suspension hanging will kill its victims in three ways: compression of the carotid arteries, the jugular veins, or the airway. About 5 kg of pressure is required to compress the carotid artery; 2 kg for the jugular veins; and at least 15 kg for the airway.

The amount of time it takes to lose consciousness and die is difficult to predict accurately and depends on several factors.
Some believe unconsciousness occurs in five seconds, though Alan Gunn writes that it generally takes longer.
It took a man who filmed his hanging 13 seconds to become unconscious, 1 minute and 38 seconds to lose muscle tone, and 4 minutes and 10 seconds for muscle movement to cease. Full suspension is not required; most hanging suicides are done by partial suspension, according to Wyatt et al.

Geo Stone, author of Suicide and Attempted Suicide:
Methods and Consequences
, suggests that death by obstruction of the airway is more painful than by the other ways.

* Rope. A high length is not important. Choose enough for a “Hangman’s knot”, and fixing at the wall, stable pipe etc.. 
* A stable point of connection, high enough to stand on a tiltable chair, footstool etc. with the noose around your neck. 
* A tiltable chair, footstool etc.. 
* Maybe a Suicide Note (gladly also here public in the “Suicide Bulletin” in “Message Board”).
* Mention this website is welcome (look at “Media”).

1. Knot a “Hangmans’s knot”:

2. Place a suicide note, and gladly a reference to this website beside yourself (look at “Media”).
3. Go up to the chair or footstool, and attach the rope to a stable point in the height.
4. Place the loop around your neck, and tighten the noose.
5. Knock over the chair or footstool with your feets.

If you live alone, and no one will find you regularly, then use a delayed email delivery (like,
or send a paper letter.