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Books on Suicide


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

This book is addressed to teenagers who may be feeling depressed or suicidal, or who want to help someone else who is troubled. Topics discussed include worries about sex and love, religion, relationships with parents, and purpose in life. A list of crisis intervention and suicide prevention hot linesaround the country is included. "Grades seven to twelve."

"The Lisbon girls, all five of whom committed suicide in the early 1970s, haunt the memories of boys next door in a wealthy Detroit suburb. A nameless narrator, one of the boys, 20 years later collects and weaves together the impressions that friends, neighbors, and parents had of the dead girls. Except for school and group outings to two ill-fated parties, the girls' lives played out confined to their dwelling, a cloistered existence protected by a mother vigilant for their virtue and by a meek father."

No One Saw My Pain

More than 5,000 teens commit suicide each year. Andrew Slaby, a psychiatrist specializing in depression and crisis intervention, and Lili Garfinkle, a parent educator, shed light on this perplexing phenomenon, analyzing the signs missed, the despair overlooked, the shock, the horror, and the fear.

Suicide the Forever Decision

In this book "Quinnett tries to dissuade {people from taking their lives} through logic (e.g., horror stories of bungled suicide attempts); facts about anger, loneliness, depression, and ambivalence; and philosophical discussions about the healing power of time and the human need for strong beliefs."

After Suicide

"For the individual in the throes of responding to the....suicide of a loved one, this book provides valuable insight into the experience. This kind of cognitive knowledge can actually alleviate suffering by being a reliable guide through the process"

Choosing to Live

"Anyone who has contemplated suicide and anyone with a suicidal loved one will profit from the straightforward and helpful suggestions in this book".--Danny Wedding, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Missouri Institute of Mental Health. ". . . this easy-to-read book can help suicidal people understand their suffering while they take charge of their own healing".--Paul G. Quinnett, Ph.D., author of SUICIDE: THE FOREVER DECISION.

Suicide: Survivors - A Guide for Those Left Behind -- by Adina Wrobleski

Suicide: Survivors is probably the best, most accurate, book ever published on suicide/suicide grief. Most of the time, our reviewer highlights the "important" parts in the book. She found herself highlighting every sentence in Adrina's book. Adrina Wrobleski is an expert on suicide, having spent many years studying the subject, after her daughter died by suicide. Reading this book might be a good "first step" for someone beginning the arduous journey of trying to work through suicide grief.

Suicide: Why? by Adina Wrobleski

This book contains important questions asked by most suicide survivors. The following is one question and answer found in her book: “Is suicide a choice? No”

Suicide: Intervention & Therapy - Undoing the Forever Decision -- by Paul G. Quinnett

"I wish to recommend Dr. Quinnett's Suicide: The Forever Decision most highly. I have found it most useful as bibliotherapy in my clinical work with suicidal persons... I believe that approaching the suicidal person with genuine respect, empathy, love, honesty, and faith in life, as Dr. Quinnett has so eloquently done, will make suicide come to make less sense for the suicidal person" -- Ronald L. Bonner, PsyD.

Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them -- by Rebecca Parkin with Karen Dunne-Maxim

This guidebook takes the reader through the first year of questions that a child might ask. The format asks the questions, gives answers and the reasons for the answers. Extremely honest, sensitive, practical and empowering.

Preventing Youth Suicide - A Handbook for Educators & Human Service Professionals -- by Marcia L. McEvoy and Alan W. McEvoy