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Suicide-Related Books

The books in the list below have been reviewed and recommended by the American Association of Suicidology and/or the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Suicide grief books are listed separately in the suicide loss section. The book titles highlighted in white are linked to Amazon.

Clinical Assessment and Management

Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention
Alan L. Berman, David A. Jobes, & Morton M. Silverman, 2006, American Psychological Association. Reflects on what is current and promising in working with the suicidal adolescent and provides information relevant to theory, research, practice, and intervention. Also, provides practical guidance for the clinician.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Guidelines for Clinically Based Risk Management
Robert I. Simon, 2002, American Psychiatric Association. The incidence of suicide is elevated in all mental health diagnoses and patient suicide is the number one reason for malpractice lawsuits against psychiatrists. The author focuses on the crucial need for clinicians to perform a thorough, systematic suicide risk assessment on all patients who might be at some risk for suicide.

The Assessment and Management of Suicidality
M. David Rudd, 2006, Professional Resource Press. This book is intended as a pocket reference for mental health professionals in a general and for clinicians-in-training. Rudd emphasizes the importance of precise language in evaluation, a standard framework in assessment and the need for clear communication with the suicidal patient. This book offers a concise and complete discussion of 'core competencies' in suicide risk assessment and immediate management.

Assessment and Prediction of Suicide
Ronald W. Maris, Alan L. Berman, John T. Maltsberger, & Robert I. Yufit, 1992, The Guilford Press. Comprehensive reference volume of 32 chapters covering a range of specialized topics such as jail suicides, school suicide programs, hospital and clinic suicides, economic and social factors, and the biology of suicide.

Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior
Robert I. Yufit and David Lester, 2005, John Wiley and Sons. This book offers a well written and consistent compendium that crosses the chasm between research on suicide and clinical care with an emphasis on psychotherapy. This book has three basic sections - assessment, therapy and special issues.

Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide through Cognitive Therapy
Thomas E. Ellis and Cory F. Newman, 1996, New Harbinger Publications. A well written book for the general public, it is filled with practical advice but remains cautious of the limitations of a self-help approach to reducing suicide risk.

Developing Clinical Skills in Suicide Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment
Jason McGlothlin, 2007, American Counseling Association.

Drugs and Suicide: When Other Coping Strategies Fail                         

Dan J. Lettieri, 1978, Sage Publications. The contributors to this volume examine 'social problem' behaviors as attempts to cope with various kinds of stressful situations. They approach these behaviors, not simply as problems, but rather as life-sustaining and even life-enhancing, activities for individuals who are unable to cope with the stresses and strains of their lives. The articles included explore theoretical issues and theories as well as a range of specific alternative behaviors, and will be of particular interest to psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, sociologists, and all students of deviant behavior.

Emergencies in Mental Health Practice: Evaluation and Management
Phillip M. Kleespies, 1997, Guilford Publications. Focusing on acute clinical situations in which there is an imminent risk of serious harm or death to self or others, this practical resource helps clinicians evaluate and manage a range of mental health emergencies.

Evidence-Based Practice in Suicidology: A Source Book
Maurizio Pompili and Roberto Tatarelli, 2010, Hoegrefe Publishing. This is the book we have all been waiting for. It provides answers to the key questions in suicidology: What is our evidence-base? And how can we translate research findings into effective suicide prevention interventions and practices? The expert contributors bring clarity into the field, describing the current research evidence as well as showing us how to interpret it and apply it in clinical and prevention settings.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Suicide Assessment and Intervention
Douglas G. Jacobs, 1999, Jossey-Bass. Clearly this is one of the most comprehensive guides available on suicide. It is a must read for every mental health professional and others devoted to helping people forced with a crisis. It provides a very clear and understandable approach to the phenomenology of suicide.

How to Identify Suicidal People: A Systematic Approach to Risk Assessment
Thomas W. White, 1999, Charles Press. This is an excellent reference for mental health professionals who work with potentially suicidal people. It discusses the author's new method, an actual system of conduction risk assessment.

The Impact of Suicide
Brian L. Mishara, 1995, Springer Publishing Company. A prestigious group of internationally known contributors, including Robert Kasienbaum, Alan Berman, and David Lester, take an incisive look at suicide's effects on family, friends, and professionals. Research data are supplemented by rich clinical experience.

Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach
David A. Jobes, 2006, Guilford Press. This easy-to-read book is ideal for clinicians interested in learning about CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), a risk management framework. Jobes explains the theory and philosophy of the model as well as demonstrates its use.

Measuring Suicidal Behavior and Risk in Children and Adolescents
David B. Goldston, 2003, American Psychological Association. This book offers practitioners and researchers practical, up-to-date information on a wide range of instruments used to evaluate suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents. In this critical and comprehensive reference book, the author first describes conceptual, definitional, and psychometric issues important in evaluating and comparing various assessment instruments and then focuses on available instruments that can be used for screening purposes or as adjuncts in detecting, describing, or estimating the risk of suicidal behavior.

Planning to Live: Evaluating and Treating Suicidal Teens in Community Settings                                                          Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Jon Bradley, & Nina Obolensky, 1990, National Resource Center for Youth Services.

The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors
Shawn C. Shea, 1999, John Wiley & Sons. Shea provides a thorough introduction to the CASE (Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events) approach, using numerous case examples. The author moves the reader from suicidology theory and research to elicitation of suicide ideation to appropriate decision making and treatment planning. This book would be equally useful for students, beginning clinicians, and seasoned veterans.

Prevention and Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour: From Science to Practice
Keith Hawton, 2005, Oxford University Press. This book addresses issues of suicide epidemiology, prevention, intervention, and postvention from a global perspective by bringing together a contingent of international suicidologists. The book highlights numerous issues related to the prevention and treatment of suicide in the international community and is organized into five thematic sections: epidemiology and trends of suicide and suicide-related behavior; theoretical and biological understanding of suicide; critical factors in providing treatment to those who are suicidal; suicide prevention; and survivor/volunteer roles in suicidology.

Preventing Patient Suicide: Clinical Assessment and Management
Robert I. Simon, 2010, American Psychiatric Publishing. Robert I. Simon, M.D., a preeminent psychiatrist and prolific author on the subject of law and psychiatry, offers a pragmatic and empathic guide for clinicians grappling with that most critical of questions: How can I protect my patients from themselves?
                                                                                                                                          

The Psychology of Suicide: A Clinician's Guide to Evaluation and Treatment.                                                                                                   

Edwin S. Shneidman, Norman L. Farberow, & Robert E. Litman, 1994, Aronson.

Suicide over the Life Cycle: Risk factors, Assessment, and Treatment of Suicidal Patients
Susan Blumenthal and David Kupfer, 1990, American Psychiatric Press. This book brings together the research studies and clinical experience of more than 40 internationally recognized contributors who paint an insightful and thought-provoking portrait of the suicidal patient at various stages of the life span. A comprehensive guide, this superb text is a practical and encyclopedic compendium of assessment and intervention strategies that the clinician can use in day-to-day treatment of suicidal patients.

Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management
Robert I. Simon and Robert E. Hales, 2006, American Psychiatric Publishing. The editors have brought together a range of medical experts to provide detailed summaries of current knowledge across various domains of suicidology relevant to practicing professionals.

Treating Suicidal Behavior: An Effective, Time-Limited Approach
M. David Rudd, Thomas Joiner, & M. Hassan Rajab, 2000, Guilford Publications. This manual provides an empirically supported approach to treating suicidality that is specifically tailored to today's managed care environment. Structured yet flexible, the model is fully compatible with current best practice standards.                                                    

Treatment Approaches with Suicidal Adolescents

James K. Zimmerman and Gregory M. Asnis, 1995, John Wiley & Sons. This practical guide reviews current knowledge regarding the biological, psychological and social risk factors for adolescent suicide. Contains clinical guidelines for a variety of treatment modalities such as crisis intervention; psychopharmacological management; intervention; family-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavior and group therapies. Features a program for increasing adolescent participation in outpatient therapy and considers possible future directions of treatment.

Treatment of Suicidal People                                                                                                                                           Antoon Leenaars, John T. Maltsberger, Robert A. Neimeyer, 1994, Taylor & Francis. Addresses the treatment of suicidal people in three forms-- prevention, intervention, and postvention (care after the suicide attempt has occurred), with emphasis on intervention. Presents a lengthy case study of one suicidal man based on his personal diary, offers guidelines for evaluation of risk, and covers sustained psychotherapy and clinical and legal issues.

General Texts

A Commonsense Book of Death
Edwin S. Shneidman, 2008, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Edwin Shneidman's final living contribution to the field of suicidology is A Commonsense Book of Death, in which the preeminent thanatologist and founding father of suicidology offers what is, in his own terms, his auto-obituary.

Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind
Edwin S. Shneidman, 2004, Oxford University Press. Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind is a uniquely intensive psychological analysis of a suicidal mind. In this poignant scientific study, the author assembles an extraordinary cast of eight renowned experts to analyze the suicidal materials, including a ten-page suicide note, given to him by a distraught mother looking for insights into her son's tragic death. Each of the eight experts offers a unique perspective and the sum of their conclusions constitutes an extraordinary psychological autopsy. This book is the first of its kind and a remarkable contribution to the study of suicide. Mental health professionals, students of human nature, and persons whose lives have been touched by this merciless topic will be mesmerized and enlightened by this unique volume.

Comprehending Suicide: Landmarks in 20th Century Suicidology

Edwin S. Shneidman, 2001, American Psychological Association. Drawing on his more than 60 years of experience, Edwin S. Shneidman has gathered in one book 13 of the most thought-provoking works of the century that offer invaluable insights on suicide and on responses to it. Comprehending Suicide begins with a brief history of the phenomenon. Engaging reviews of the landmark publications open each chapter, and together the chapters reflect historical and literary, sociological, biological, psychiatric and psychological, or survivor and helping points of view. Featured last is a lively discussion about Dr. Sheidman's key beliefs after a lifetime of study. This book serves a large audience, from those doing research, to those helping to prevent suicide through community intervention or clinical practice, to those who have touched suicide or who have been touched by it.                                                                                                                                                          

Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology
Ronald W. Maris, Alan L. Berman, & Morton M. Silverman, 2000, Guilford Publications. This volume presents an authoritative overview of current scientific knowledge about suicide and suicide prevention. Multidisciplinary and comprehensive in scope, the book provides a solid foundation in theory, research, and clinical applications.

Definitions of Suicide
Edwin Schneidman, 1985, Jason Aronson. Schneidman presents basic ideas of the common characteristics of suicide. He offers a fresh definition of the phenomenon, which includes direct implications for preventive action.

Essential Papers on Suicide
John T. Maltsberger and Mark J. Goldblatt, 1996, New York University Press. Why do people take their own lives? How can clinicians best plan and carry out intelligent treatment of desperate patients who are giving up on themselves? Suicide, its motivations, characteristics, and psychology are explicated in these papers by the most experienced and renowned experts on the subject.

Handbook of Depression
Ian H. Gotlib and Constance L. Hammen, 2002, Guilford Publications. This comprehensive, state-of-the-art handbook synthesizes the full breadth of contemporary knowledge about depression. Bringing together leading depression researchers and clinical practitioners, the volume offers in-depth coverage of the epidemiology, course, and outcome of depressive disorders; current issues in classification, assessment, and diagnosis; vulnerability and risk factors; models of depression, including psychological and biological perspectives; and effective approaches to prevention and treatment. Described are current approaches to pharmacotherapy, innovations in understanding and treating child and adolescent depression as well as the assessment and management of suicidality.

The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide
Keith Hawton and Kees Van Heeringen, 2000, John Wiley & Sons. This book is an authoritative handbook of current knowledge on the incidence of suicide and attempted suicide. Discusses the biological, genetic, psychological, and sociological processes related to suicidal behavior and the practical assessment and treatment of suicidal individuals. It is meant for clinicians, students, and researchers.

Katie's Diary (Death, Dying and Bereavement)
David Lester, 2003, Brunner-Routledge. Katie's Diary presents a collection of experts’ reviews of, interpretations of, and insights into the five notebook diary spanning nearly two years prior to the death by suicide of “Katie.” This book is an excellent resource that provides clear and concise interpretations of Katie from a plethora of perspectives and psychological theories.

Leaving You: The Cultural Meaning of Suicide                                                                                                            Lisa Lieberman, 2003, Ivan R Dee. Provides a historical perspective on suicide that helps to explain the stigma and shame suicide still endures today.

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Kay Redfield Jamison, 2000, Alfred Knopf. The author strikes a perfect balance between dispassion and passion in presenting scientific, historical and statistical information about mental illnesses and the search for treatments that will prevent suicide. It is recommended for all medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, school administrators, and students.

November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide
George Howe Colt, 2006, Scribner. Written by a writer for Life magazine, this well-researched book covers all aspects of suicide, including its social, cultural, and legal history; the biological and psychological research available; attempts at prevention; the right-to-die movement; and the effects on survivors.

Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative
Committee on Pathophysiology & Prevention of Adolescent & Adult Suicide and Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health

2002, National Academies Press. Rich in data, this book strikes an intensely personal chord, featuring compelling quotes about people's experiences with suicide. It explores the factors that raise a person's risk of suicide: psychological and biological factors including substance abuse, the link between childhood trauma and later suicide, and the impact of family life, economic status, religion, and other social and cultural conditions. This new volume will be of special interest to policy makers, administrators, researchers, practitioners, and journalists working in the field of mental health.

Suicide in America
Herbert Hendin, 1995, W.W. Norton & Company. A new light is cast on the problem of suicide, offering what he calls a "psychosocial perspective." Demonstrating that treatment of seriously suicidal people is possible, he also shows how our social policy toward suicide is marked by misconception. He evaluates the "right-to-die" movement, and in a comprehensive new chapter he presents a powerful portrait of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands. Interviews with the leading practitioners and proponents are included. This book has much to say not only about how we die but also about how we choose to live.

The Suicidal Mind
Edwin S. Shneidman, 1996, Oxford University Press. This groundbreaking work presents cases that reveal the inner workings of the suicidal mind, and offers practical, explicit steps to assist in treating a suicidal individual.

Suicidology: Essays in Honor of Edwin S. Shneidman
Antoon Leonaars, 1993, Jason Aronson. This book represents the current state of our understanding of suicide and the practice of suicide prevention. The 23 chapters, written by foremost experts in the field, cover topics from history to psychology of survivors.

Understanding Suicide: Why We Don't and How We Might
James R. Rogers and David Lester, 2010, Hogrefe. This provocative and erudite book highlights theoretical and methodological challenges that have plagued and continue to plague the field of suicidology. The basic premise is that recent research has not served to advance our understanding of suicidal behavior, but tends to repeat older research, often apparently without awareness that we are often merely "reinventing the wheel." As the authors maintain: "Very little of consequence has appeared in suicidology for many years - no new theory and no ground-breaking research."

When Living Hurts: What-To-Do Book for Yourself or Someone You  Care About Who Feels Discouraged, Sad, Lonely, Hopeless, Angry or Frustrated, Unhappy, Bored, Depressed
Sol Gordon, 2004, URJ Press. This insightful, candid book is written for young people who are in trouble, or for those who want to help those in trouble. It identifies early warning signals of suicide, tells how to get help for different kinds of problems, and suggests ways to cope creatively with anxiety, anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, and depression. 

Why People Die by Suicide
Thomas Joiner, 2006, Harvard University Press. Written with the purpose of reaching both the layperson with little to no knowledge of suicide as well as the seasoned scientist or clinician with years of experience and study, Joiner provides an informative and engaging fresh look at this perplexing social problem. Basing his theory on a primarily cognitive-behavioral framework, the author explains that for an individual to die by suicide, he or she must have both the desire for death as well as the capability for lethal self-injury.

Why Suicide? Questions and Answers about Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know (2nd ed.)
Eric Marcus, 2010, HarperOne (a division of HarperCollinsPublishers). Eric Marcus was 12 years old when he lost his father, Irwin, to suicide in 1970. More recently, his sister-in-law also took her life, prompting him to reconsider his own experience and revise his original, and well-received, Why Suicide?  Author of several notable books on a variety of topics (including the New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis), Marcus integrates his personal experience and journalistic skills in this comprehensive yet accessible primer on all aspects of suicide, its prevention, and aftermath.  For more information visit www.whysuicidebook.com.

Legal and Ethical Issues                                                                                                                       

The Case against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care
Herbert Hendin & Kathleen Foley, 2002, The John Hopkins University Press. It is an argument against physician-assisted suicide.

Life and Death Decisions: Psychological and Ethical Considerations in End-Of-Life Care
Phillip M. Kleespies, 2004, American Psychological Association. Offering a presentation of the major moral, value-based, and ethical principles that guide end-of-life decision making, including autonomy, beneficence, mercy and justice, the author reviews the crucial elements of informed consent, competence, and other issues that guide the American legal system's stance on this controversial debate. This book articulates the role and functions that mental health practitioners - particularly psychologists - can fulfill as members of end-of-life interdisciplinary teams to help individuals interact more fully with their loved ones and make real decisions on a path toward increasing probability of death with dignity.

Psychosocial Issues Near the End of Life: A Resource For Professional Care Providers
James L. Werth and Dean Blevins, 2005, American Psychological Association. This is a collection of scholarly studies of the issues — physical, moral, ethical and psychological — that face professional care providers, especially psychologists, when treating the terminally ill patient.

Risk Management with Suicidal Patients
Bruce Bongar, Alan L. Berman, Ronald W. Maris, Morton M. Silverman, Eric A. Harris, & Wendy L. Packman, 1998, The Guilford Press. Drawing upon years of clinical experience, as well as extensive malpractice claims data and relevant case law, this book outlines effective assessment, management, and treatment procedures that balance the need for high-quality care with the requirements for court-determined and statutory standards.

The Suicidal Patient: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care
Bruce Bongar, 1992, American Psychological Association. Proposes standards of care and a working model for the assessment, management, and treatment of the suicidal patient in both inpatient and outpatient contexts. It offers an integrated clinical and legal approach to an understanding of patient suicide.

Suicide and Mental Illness

Darkness Visible
William Styron, 1990, Random House. A powerful and moving first-hand account of what depression feels like to the sufferer.

Demystifying Psychiatry: A Resource for Patients and Families
Charles Zorumski and Eugene Rubin, 2010, Oxford University Press. The authors, both psychiatrists, explain modern day psychiatry – including the mental illnesses most closely associated with suicide risk -- in this straightforward primer developed for a lay audience.

His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina
Danielle Steel, 1998, Delacote Press. At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel's tribute to her lost son is a gift of hope, healing, and understanding to us all.

Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope
Julie K. Hersh, 2010, Brown Books Publishing Group. In Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope, Julie Hersh shares her personal struggle with depression and her subsequent journey to finding hope.  Hersh’s story demonstrates that depression can and does impact people of various social and economic backgrounds. Even when surroundings such as her’s seem “perfect” by society’s standards, depression can hit.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Kay Redfield Jamison, 1995, Alfred A. Knopf. In this memoir, the author, an international authority on bipolar disorder, describes her own struggle since adolescence with the disorder, and how it has shaped her life.

Understanding Depression: What We Know and What You Can Do About It
J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., 2002, John Wiley & Sons. The Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the John Hopkins Hospital presents a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to depression, including the latest research in brain chemistry, psychology and pharmacology.

Waking Up: Climbing Through the Darkness
Terry L. Wise, 2003, Pathfinder Publishing of CA. This compelling narrative of a woman's near-fatal deliberate overdose following the death of her husband provides an emotionally honest road map for using therapy to treat depression and restore hope. Honest, jargon-free, and written from a patient's perspective, this work explores a range of issues underlying depression, including child abuse, loss, long-term caregiving, and bereavement.

Suicide Prevention, Schools, & Special Populations

Clergy Response to Suicidal Persons & Their Family Members: An Interfaith Resource Book for Clergy & Congregations
David C. Clark, 1993, Exploration Press. This is an interfaith resource book for the clergy and congregations. It provides basic knowledge about theology and suicide, recognizing suicidal risk, and referral to the appropriate caregivers.                                                                                                                                  

Crisis Counseling and Therapy
Jackson Rainer and Frieda Brown, 2006, Taylor & Francis. Intervention, as a clinical technique to combat the debilitating effects of stress that accompany crisis, is quickly becoming a social movement. Crisis Counseling and Therapy provides comprehensive instruction in this important and rapidly burgeoning field with a systemic three-phase method that is simple and practical. This innovative model can easily be incorporated into the clinician's practice to provide effective, strategic intervention.

Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide
DeQuincy A. Lezine, Ph.D. and David Brent, M.D., 2008, Oxford University Press. As a teenager, DeQuincy Lezine nearly ended his own life, but was able to find expert psychiatric care and went on to found the first university campus-based chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA. Now a researcher at the University of Rochester's Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Lezine has devoted his life to preventing suicide in adolescents, and he brings the wealth of his personal and professional experience to bear in Eight Stories Up. He starts by describing his deteriorating state of mind in college, using his own email archive to retell the episode that would nearly claim his life. He then offers hard-earned wisdom and practical advice to other young people who may be considering suicide. In straightforward, easy-to-understand language, and drawing on the psychiatric expertise of David Brent, MD, Lezine discusses the potential causes of suicide in adolescents, how to seek psychiatric treatment, and how to get the most out of professional help. He also surveys some of the therapies used to prevent suicide, how to talk to loved ones about suicidal thoughts, and how to stay healthy at home and at school. The result is both a remarkable memoir and a useful guide that will ease the isolation and hopelessness caused by thoughts of suicide, helping young people to overcome their troubles in a safe and healthy way.

Myths about Suicide
Thomas Joiner, 2010, Harvard University Press. The author uses data to trounce some myths, draws on clinical storytelling to give others a black eye and blends classic literature with current mass media to challenge every reader to "rethink" his or her understanding of suicidal behavior.

No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves
Andrew Slaby and Lili Frank Garfinkle, 1995, W.W. Norton and Company. Written by an expert on suicide in young adults, this book looks at many examples of adolescent suicide and explores the complex factors that may contribute to it.           

Preventing Youth Suicide: A Handbook for Educators and Human Service Professionals                                                                                                                                                                           Alan W. McEvoy and Marcia L. McEvoy, 2000, Learning Publications.                                                                                                           

The Suicidal Child                                                                                                 

Cynthia R. Pfeffer, 1986, The Guilford Press. Drawing on the literature as well as her own research and years of clinical experience, Dr. Pfeffer presents in The Suicidal Child the most complete examination to date of the research, theory and treatment of suicidal behaviors in children. The volume opens with a brief historical review of child suicide, followed by a definition of suicidal behavior and a discussion of the causes and characteristics of different types of suicidal episodes.

Suicide and Homicide Among Adolescents
Paul C. Holinger, 1994, Guilford Publications. The problem of violence among youth has become increasingly serious. Issues related to adolescent suicide and, to a lesser extent, adolescent homicide have been addressed in the literature, yet few experts have focused on the connections that exist between the two. This groundbreaking volume examines the clinical and epidemiological similarities and differences between youth suicide and homicide, offering valuable insights into both issues, and providing a foundation for the development of public health policies and prevention strategies.

Suicide Intervention in the Schools
Scott Poland, 1989, Guilford Publications. This book provides step-by-step guidelines for setting up and maintaining a comprehensive crisis intervention program.                                                                                                                                                                     

Suicide Later in Life: Recognizing the Warning Signs
Nancy J. Osgood, 1992, Lexington. Discusses reasons for elderly suicide, describes the symptoms and warning signs, and proposes risk reduction strategies. It was written for older adults, family members and caregivers, and all those who provide services for older clients/patients.

Suicide Prevention In Schools (Series in Death Education, Aging and Health Care)
Antoon A. Leenaars and Susanne Wenckstern, 1990, Hemisphere Publishing Corporation. Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in the schools are outlined in this edited book.

Suicide Prevention: Resources for the Millennium
David Lester, 2001, Taylor and Francis. Suicide Prevention presents an evaluation of the past, present, and future of suicidal behavior and efforts to prevent suicide. Authors from varying disciplines of psychology, sociology, and psychiatry analyze suicide in the opening chapters. Through the exploration of the roles of these disciplines, the roles of primary physicians, and the impact of suicide prevention education in schools, the contributors describe the history of suicidology and the changes necessary for improvement. The book concludes with a section detailing the goals and activities of organizations designed to prevent or facilitate suicide.

Tattered Teddies: An Interactive Handbook about the Awareness and Prevention of Suicide in Children
Laurel Bridges and Rani Murji, 2008, Centre for Suicide Prevention. Targeting adults working directly with children, Tattered Teddies is an interactive guide to assist adults in addressing suicidality when interacting with children at risk for suicide. Structured in a "textbook" format with which many professionals are accustomed to reading, the handbook is divided into chapters which include introductions, text, an interactive component, key point overview, and additional resources.

Too Young to Die: Youth and Suicide
Francine Klagsbrun, 1981, Pocket Books. Explores motives for suicide among young people and suggests ways to recognize and deal with symptoms of depression. Case histories are presented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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03/04/2017 at 9:44 PM
gina - montello
Professional writer needs help in writing a book on completed suicide. My son planned his suicide and I have his research in his own writing. A second son...his father completed suicide. I have direct quotes from my six year old following his death. Also my own personal experience as a suicide loss survivor.
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