A few years back I heard of a man who I will leave unnamed who suffered an illness that caused him great pain and was most likely fatal. The chances of him surviving became so slim that he turned to doctors in the hope they would help him end the pain. Suicide was illegal so they all said no. Weeks later he died of starvation as it was the only cause of death that would not lead to his family being fined for suicide. It was a painful way to go, his body literally began to eat its self away. Along with the pain his illness already provided it was a horrible story to hear.
That wasn't the first I had heard a story like that but it did plant a seed in m mind. I began to work on a book which was fictional but based around my idea of a facility based around helping people meet their ends. Not suicidal teenagers but people who truly needed a way out. The book became very popular and won many awards. I went onto Saturday Night Live and soon after was confronted by a wealthy philanthropist who sought to see the idea come true.
I had already listed many ways of how the system would not be abused in the book but if we had any hope of making it come true and legal we needed to get them on paper. So we did.
Requirements in order to apply for assisted permanent rest
(the following are in no particular order)
1. Provide legitimate cause for assistance
2. Wait a three month period (to ensure the situation is not sort term)
3. Schedule and attend appointments with our doctors at least twice a week during the three month period
4. Our staff will consult your doctors (and others) to ensure there is no further treatment for your condition.
5. Fill out legal documents which will be read by the board to be confirmed or declined.
6. Scheduled visits/phone calls with family
7. Attend get well classes that encourage other outlets or pursuits of life.
After what seemed like forever, it seemed like it would not be passed. When congress finally did discuss it, it was not passed. Eventually the attention of my books began to fade and I began to look for other ways of helping out. But then a letter came in. I read it with the man who sought to economically provide for the foundation and we celebrated it passing. What had happened was a group of doctors and therapist found the idea beneficial and not just a business in killing people. They started a petition that with the help of the internet had over a million signatures. I jumped in joy over the success.
Then one night as we were going over the blueprints of the first facility it began to set in. This was going to be real. A place where people could die. Yes I wanted to help people that had no other way but what of those that did? What if there was another way but this place kept them from searching for it? I nearly canceled the whole thing but he talked me down. The wealthy man I mean. He reminded me that we had made steps to ensure that if there was another way, our patients would have plenty of time, resources, and staff to ensure that they found it. The precautions were set, if the dream were to become true I just needed to give the yes. I did.
Okay so this is completely out of the ordinary of what I usually do, but I thought I'd do something more real even if it is perhaps too different to be accepted by society. So here's how this plays out...
1) You have your character, which can be a patient, doctor/therapist, member of the board, or otherwise very closely related to the facility which is where 90% of the rp should take place. Now if you want to do a journalist or something I may have one spot but you would have to focus on being in the facility.
2) The A.S.F.M.H. (assisted suicide foundation of mental health) is where everything takes place. Maybe a few moments at home or some otherwise important scene in their life but mostly in the facility.
3) Doctors think of a 10 hour shift and how much can happen in it. Patients, you could visit more than twice a week but make up a legitimate reason to do so. The facility is there to hep but there are other patients they need to be there for.
4) Add drama. This is not a completely accepted idea by society, think of abortions. It's about 50/50 some people say yes for either it's a person's right or they think if people need a way out it should be there. Others may say no it's wrong and it seems like a business in taking lives.
5) Interact with other characters (it fun) but you can also make npc's. If you're a doctor have more than just player patients, if your a patient have a family and set of friends.
6) have fun it's a dark story but still could be fun