A suicide pact describes the suicides of two or more individuals in an agreed-upon plan. The plan may be to die together, or separately and closely timed. Suicide pacts are important concepts in the study of suicide, and have occurred throughout history, as well as in fiction.
Suicide pacts are generally distinct from mass suicide. The latter refers to incidents in which a larger number of people kill themselves together for the same ideological reason, often within a religious, political, military or paramilitary context. Suicide pacts, on the other hand, usually involve small groups of people (such as married or romantic partners, family members, or friends) whose motivations are intensely personal and individual.
A suicide pact negotiated over the internet, often between complete strangers, is an Internet suicide.
- "The Constitution is not a suicide pact," a recurring concept in American jurisprudence
- Bridgend suicide incidents, 24 suicides by teenagers in early 2007 in south Wales
- Suicide prevention contract, the opposite of a suicide pact.
- "UK records first online suicide pact", The Age, September 30, 2005
- "Brad Delp: Details Emerge About His Tragic Suicide", Guitar World, April 27, 2007