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Grief Books

Suicide, Homicide, Drug Overdose, Trauma Resources

When Someone You Love Completes Suicide by Sondra Sexton-Jones. Sondra found her husband after he completed suicide. With gentle repetition, Sondra tells you what to expect, what you may feel, and that this is survivable. There will be times when you will reel with emotions so powerful that you may question your ability to survive.

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D. & Jack Jordan, Ph.D.

2nd Edition

The first edition of this book has been praised by survivors and professionals alike. Now, it has been expanded from 75 to 156 pages. It guides the family member through reactions that often occur during the first years, and beyond, following the suicide. Includes updated chapters on helping children cope with a suicide, suggestions for coping over the long term, 11 stories written by people whose loved one died from suicide and much more.

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by Catherine Greenleaf

Speaks to survivors about the crucial stages of recovery from suicide loss, offering hope and peace of mind. A page for every day of a full year. An excellent resource and a thoughtful gift.

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Dying to be Free-Honest, gentle advice for those who have survived an unspeakable loss, the suicide of a loved one. Transforming suffering into strength, misconceptions into understanding, and shame into dignity, Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch break through the dangerous silence and stigma surrounding suicide to bring readers this much-needed book. Includes personal stories from others who experienced this profound loss.

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by Adina Wrobleski. Goes into detail about victimization, social stigma, guilt, anger, history and recovery. The main thing for you to remember is: You are not to blame for the death of your child. The decision for death has to belong to your child, not you.

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A Guide for the Bereaved and Those Who Wish to Help Them by Trudy Carlson. Trudy wrote this book after the death of her son, Ben, to suicide. This book answers what every parent wants to know, the question WHY. It also covers the shame and guilt, and the anger associated with losing a loved one. Not only should every suicide survivor have this book, but friends and professionals as well.

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Beloved singer-songwriter Judy Collins draws on her personal experience with her son’s suicide to guide readers through grieving the loss of a loved one who has died under tragic circumstances. Drawing on her own experience, as well as her conversations with hundreds of people who have grieved the tragic death of a friend or family member, Judy has culled together seven powerful steps toward healing.

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by Nan Zastrow, founder of Wings, a non-profit resource center

A gentle guide for those who have a friend or family member that has experienced the death of a loved one to suicide. The information in this book speaks not only to survivors of suicide, but to anyone who grieves, about the elements of grief and the depth of sadness. If you allow a griever to teach you about the uniqueness of his or her grief, you may learn so much more about the sanctity of life.

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By Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T.

Helping Children Heal The premature death of a parent can be devastating for young children—with the consequences far more profound when the parent dies by suicide. Amidst the resulting grief, turmoil and confusion, the surviving parent is faced with the monumental task of tending to the emotional lives of the children left behind. While many books have been written for grieving families, very few focus on the specific needs encountered by children and teens coping with the suicide of a parent. After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal addresses the issues every family must face following the trauma of suicide. In this instructive and impassioned work, longtime children’s bereavement counselor and psychotherapist Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T., offers pathways through the despair, confusion and fear that follow.

“At the book’s heart are Requarth’s superb explanations of how to explain suicide to children and how children grieve, how grief impacts adolescents, the natural stages of grief, funeral rituals and religious and spiritual perspectives on suicide, and how to help children return to normalcy.  Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

ISBN10: 0-9777468-0-1

ISBN13: 978-0-9777468-0-4

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Artful Grief is a decade long study of loss by an art therapist, in the aftermath of her daughter’s suicide. On October 11, 2001, Sharon received a phone call in the middle of the night from the New York City Police Department telling her that her seventeen year old daughter Kristin, had “fallen” from the roof of her college dormitory. So began her journey into the labyrinth of unspeakable grief. As the first year drew to a close she found no comfort in traditional therapy, and no solace in spoken or written words. In surrender to her inner art therapist’s guidance, she began to create collages. She cut and tore images out of magazines and glued them on various size paper. The paper was a safe and sacred container, receptive to the fullness of emotion, story and paradox. Over time there was transformation and healing. Artful Grief A creative road map through violent dying and grief. A dose of “soul medicine” for survivors. A way to retrieve the pieces of a shattered life, with paper, scissors and glue. A resourceful tool for those suffering with complicated grief and/or PTSD. A place for the unspeakable to be seen and heard. A process to quiet the mind and open the heart. A visual experience of trauma images as illustrations of hope. A sample of prophetic dreams and meditations that are illuminating. A heartfelt sharing of “intimate secrets” for understanding and compassion. A surprising “grief gift” that is inspiring.

ISBN: 9781452568010

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By Eric Hipple, Former NFL Quarterback for the Detroit Lions

with Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley

President’s Book Awards Winner

Real Men Do Cry is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback.  With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey, thus opening the door for others to realize that depression is treatable. Real Men Do Cry is packed with practical resources for families living with depression and is a valuable tool for counselors and mental health professionals nationwide.  Resources include: Nine-symptom checklist for depression, Signs of depression and possible suicide risk, actions to avert depression. Eric works with the University of Michigan Depression Center as outreach coordinator, where he travels nationwide speaking to teens and adults about ways to recognize the signs of depression and risks for potential suicide. “For so long I had been subconsciously creating problems, major and minor, to distract myself from the central fact that my 15-year-old son Jeff was dead.  I somehow feel that if I can save just one life, then Jeff’s death was not in vain.”

ISBN10: 0-9816219-2-9 ISBN13:978-0-9816219-2-0

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A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

When a loved one or community member dies by suicide, the entire community of survivors is powerfully affected.  Children, as part of this community, can be deeply impacted and need adult guidance.  This unique book provides parents and caregivers helpful information to better understand and communicate with children grieving, with a special focus on child development and how to talk with children of various ages.

About the Authors 

Sarah S. Montgomery, LCSW-C is the Coordinator of Children and Family Programs at Chesapeake Life Center, a program service of the Hospice of the Chesapeake. She has over 20 years clinical experience providing individual, family, and group counseling in a variety of settings, including school-based, outpatient psychiatry and community-based organizations.

Susan M. Coale, LCSW-C is the Clinical Specialist in Bereavement for Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake with 30 years experience.  She provides individual and group counseling for grieving adults, children and families. She also provides clinical supervision for graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Loyola University.

Review

“Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss is a well-researched, compassionate, and comprehensive resource that’s essential for anyone who is helping to guide a child through the traumatic experience of a suicide loss. It provides the kind of thoughtful and potentially healing information that I wish had been available to the adults in my life when I was a struggling twelve-year-old trying to find my way in the aftermath of my father’s suicide in 1970.”

Eric Marcus is Senior Director for Loss and Bereavement Programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and author of Why Suicide? Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know.

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by Iris Bolton with Curtis Mitchell

This book was inspired by the suicide of Curtis Mitchell Bolton, 20-year-old son of the author, Iris Mitchell Bolton. Mrs. Bolton describes in detail the journey she made from the devastation of losing her son Mitch by suicide to the step by step healing that took place in her life. The book is hopeful and helpful to those who have suffered any loss from death, divorce, or separation. It gives promise of recovery and healing and learning to live with the terrible event.

Written in 1983, MY SON...MY SON... is now in its 22nd printing. This book ships to countries all over the world, from Australia and New Zealand to England and South Africa. It is being used as a teaching guide for students in colleges from California to Maine. Ministers, priests and rabbis have found the book helpful as they minister to those who have suffered any loss.

MY SON...MY SON...Will Help You If You Are:

Bereaved, Grieving or Mourning

A Friend or Acquaintance of Someone in Mourning

A Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or Mental Health Worker

A Physician, Nurse, or Hospital Employee

A Clergyman or Funeral Director

A School Counselor, Teacher or Administrator

An Attorney, Police Officer or Juvenile Justice Worker

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Second Edition

by Dena Rosenbloom, PhD & Mary Beth Williams, PhD with Barbara E. Watkins

Trauma can turn a person’s world upside down– afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This supportive workbook helps trauma survivors find and use crucial skills for coping, self-understanding, and self-care. Even when the worst has happened, this book shows how it is possible to feel good again. Filled with comforting activities, relaxation techniques, self-evaluation questionnaires, and exercises, the workbook explains how and why trauma can throw you for a loop and what survivors can do now to cope. Chapters guide readers step-by-step toward reclaiming a basic sense of safety, self-worth, and control over their lives, as well as the capacity to trust and be close to others. Readers learn how to protect themselves from overwhelming memories and to heal from trauma-related reactions that may be disturbing their day-to-day lives. Written by experts in treating trauma and based on extensive research, the workbook can be used on its own or in conjunction with psychotherapy.

ISBN10: 1-57230-239-9 ISBN13: 978-1-57230-239-6

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by Bob Baugher, Ph. D., and Lew Cox

A 62-page book to be handed to a person whose loved one has been murdered. Covers reactions and suggestions to help families during the first few days, weeks, months, and years. Includes the personal story of the co-author as he coped with the murder of his daughter.

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A Centering Corporation Resource  —  Revised Edition (2015)

If you have been awake all night, if dreams become terrors, if you can’t eat or want to eat all the time, if you feel as if you are encased in plastic, and when your family and persons who love you try to touch  you, you feel nothing; if you wonder what life is all about and whether it’s worth living anymore; your loved ones know you can say, No One Should See What I Have Seen.   If you have experienced terrifying, horrific tragedy, been in war, are a returning solider, witnessed a murder or other violent death, found someone who has completed suicide,  have images of a loved one who died violently or experience fear and/or anger about a horrific event.  This book is for you. . . This book is for all of us.

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poetry by David Brehmer and drawings by Jeannine Chappell

A collaboration of poetry and art at once deeply personal and universal in its theme and message, This Has Happened details honestly the horror and humor, rage and contemplation, questions and revelations experienced by Jeannine Chappell and David Brehmer in the immediate aftermath of the tragic collision that stole Chappell’s son Alex, and left Brehmer with multiple severe injuries.

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Seventh Edition By Janice Harris Lord

This book gives hope and practical suggestions to survivors grieving the tragic death of a loved one.  Tears will come to your eyes as you read the comments of survivors throughout the book, but many of the tears will honor their insight and courage as they travel their paths toward healing.

“No Time For Goodbyes is designed for anyone who wants the self-affirming skills of full expression for victim survivors.  This is the most significant book I have read on this tragic subject.” – Rabbi Earl Grollman, DD

“As a mother whose daughter was murdered, as a psychiatrist, and as a member of Parents of Murdered Children, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I will certainly recommend this book to others.” – Wanda Bincer

“No Time For Goodbyes is an invaluable handbook for those who grieve for someone killed.  Every counselor should read it and have copies on an office shelf for desolate survivors.” – Dr. Robert Weiss

ISBN10: 1-878321-30-7 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-30-5

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by Mary Jane Cronin

No one should have to experience the death of their own child. Mary Jane Cronin has written not just a fact-filled book about loss and grief , but one that included her personal journey to understand, accept and heal following the 1998 murder of her own son. In this country, over 75,000 children under the age of eighteen die every year. And this fear becomes a reality. November Mourning offers insight and hope as it explores the many emotions parents often feel following the loss of a child. Travel with Mary Jane through denial and anger as her own quest leads her to one day find acceptance and comfort. Learn about the stages of grief and techniques to help move through them easier. Discover what other parents have said and done to help reduce their own suffering. Recognize the physical and emotional symptoms of grief. See how people can help or hinder your healing. Research has shown it does not matter whether their child was a newborn or an adult, the natural order of life these parents have come to trust, and their very existence and purpose are forever changed. November Mourning addresses the many emotions parents may face in a world they now know holds no promises of safety or longevity.

ISBN: 9780615239781

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by Kathleen O'Hara, MA

A Grief Like No Other is the book no one wants to ever have to buy; sadly, many people continue to need it. From 9/11 to Cindy Sheehan's son – from mass tragedies like the recent London bombings to Law and Order type crimes that make the news only to be replaced by another name. As such, more people are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. It brings its own special brand of grieving since victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin. As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people dealing with grief. As a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-aged son was brutally murdered in 1999. In the aftermath of Aaron's murder, O'Hara developed the seven-stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.

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By Barbara Rubel

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded!

From the Introduction: “What’s In This Book”: But I Didn’t Say Goodbye is a book seen through the eyes of Alex, an eleven-year-old boy, whose father has died by suicide. This story is a glimpse into a child s traumatic and life changing personal experience. But I Didn’t Say Goodbye introduces you to a bereaved family immediately after a suicide and ends five years later. The dialogue in each chapter will show you how you can help develop honest, open communication between children and the people in their lives. Alex s questions are the same as many other children following a suicide.

ISBN10: 1-892906-01-5 ISBN13: 978-1-892906-01-4

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by Alison Salloum, BCSW / A Centering Corporation Resource

From the inside of the book: When someone close to you dies suddenly, or when you or someone else gets hurt, like shot or stabbed, you may experience different reactions. Reactions occur because of what has happened.  There are emotional reactions, body reactions and behavioral reactions.  Emotional reactions are your feelings.  Physical reactions are when your body responds to what has happened, and behavioral reactions are how you act because of what has happened.

Recommended for ages 6-14

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By Linda Rieger, Ph.D.

A workbook for children who have experienced trauma in their lives

English Version.  Also available in Spanish.

Helping kids who have experienced, or witnessed a violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire, can be a challenging prospect for counselors, parents and concerned adults.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is designed to help guide each child through the process of healing. The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of the problem and the progress the child is making in dealing with the issues involved. Through the use of the activities, the child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil they have been feeling as well as the resultant effects on their life. This allows for the facilitator to easily introduce positive coping strategies as well as ways for the child to implement these strategies and start to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

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By Linda Rieger, Ph.D.

A workbook for children who have experienced trauma in their lives

Spanish Edition.  Also available in English.

Helping kids who have experienced, or witnessed a violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire, can be a challenging prospect for counselors, parents and concerned adults.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is designed to help guide each child through the process of healing. The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of the problem and the progress the child is making in dealing with the issues involved. Through the use of the activities, the child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil they have been feeling as well as the resultant effects on their life. This allows for the facilitator to easily introduce positive coping strategies as well as ways for the child to implement these strategies and start to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

Product code is SCSO

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by Emmi Smid, with a contribution by Dr. Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers

hardcover

It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum's red hat. Luna's Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her in the same way. Her Dad talks to her to explain what happened and together they think about all the happy memories they have of Mum.

This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Suicide always causes shock, not just for the family members but for everyone around them, and children also have to deal with these feelings. The book approaches the subject sensitively and includes a guide for parents and professionals by bereavement expert, Dr. Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers. It will be of interest to anyone working with, or caring for, children bereaved by suicide, including bereavement counselors, social workers and school staff, as well as parents, carers and other family members.

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by Ann Goffe

The Power of Love … And the Possibility of Happy Endings

Daniel was a charismatic bundle of walking contradictions. Socially anxious, widely popular, he lived with the sensitivity of an angel, and the self-destructiveness of a demon. By his early teenage years, he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, ADD and alcohol dependency. By his late teens, he was a high school dropout and an opiate addict. At the same time, he was beloved and revered by his community of peers. To the world, he bore all the trappings of failure. But to his close-knit, far-flung friends he was a star and a legend; an irresistible, unforgettable, irreplaceable friend. Daniel died at age 23 from a drug overdose. For the Love of Daniel is an account of his life--a roller coaster ride of sadness and joy, heartache and solace, laughter, tears, tumult and rest. It is also a careful account of Daniel’s afterlife, and the chain of extraordinary events that moved the hearts and consciousness of those who grieved him. Most of the book is a love story, Daniel’s testament to the unalterable immense power of love, which offers even ultimate human tragedies a softer landing, the possibility of a happy ending.

ISBN13: 978-0-9888319-7-1

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Includes these books: When Someone You Love Completes Suicide, Suicide of a Child, Grief: What It Is and What You Can Do, and For Better or Worse. Also includes a book bag and caring card for you to sign.

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Includes these books: When Someone You Love Completes Suicide, Suicide of a Child, Grief: What It Is and What You Can Do, and For Better or Worse. Also includes Because We Care... book bag and a caring card, which you can sign.

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Edited by Brad Stetson

Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories reveals in bracing psychological and emotional terms what murder leaves behind. The life-changing grief and staggering personal pain experienced by the loved ones of murder victims is unflinchingly portrayed in this book’s personal essays and interviews, intimate recollections which serve as a sobering and realistic counterpoint to the trivialization and commercialization of murder in American media and popular culture.

The focus throughout the book is on the survival of bereaved parents and other loved ones, and on the heroic choices these anguished people have made to live on in their lives, in the presence of unresolved grief and in some instances unresolved legal cases. Demonstrating the empowering nature of storytelling and personal narrative exposition, this is a book that will press home to the reader the colossal devastation that the murder of a loved one brings to a family. The unique world between these covers is one of searing pain, but also one of love unvanquished. Choosing to Survive conveys the precious value of life, the horror of homicide, and the power of the human spirit.

“As I read Choosing to Survive, I remembered the murder of my son Aaron–but more than that, I was reminded of the strength, faith, goodness and unity in the stories of we who have survived the evil of homicide. I am grateful for this beautiful book and highly recommend it.”

—Kathleen O’Hara, M. A., LPC, author of A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love

“Losing someone you love is difficult. What can be even more difficult is living a life without them. In Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories, Brad Stetson takes the reader on a journey no one wants to remember, but no one who has experienced it can forget. Sharing stories of anger, disbelief, and searching for justice, we see these survivors show strength, determination, and a desire to honor their loved ones in ways that would surely make their loved ones proud. As a mother of a murdered son, I empathized with those seeking justice. As a recovered survivor, I have become a licensed counselor helping others experiencing loss and grief. Not just a book for those who have experienced the murder of a loved one, Choosing to Survive can help readers become aware and gain understanding of an unthinkable event.”

—Mary Jane Cronin, M. S., LMHC, author of November Mourning and Writing Through Your Grief

ISBN: 978-1-56123-269-7

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A Disaster Spiritual Care Primer by Peter Ford, MDiv, STM, BCC, CT. Around the outer edge of the front cover, and penetrating into its center, is the process and the purpose of disaster spiritual caregiving. The Primer is not intended to be inspirational, but rather is a practical workbook for evoking hope that prays to point toward healing during and after a community or mass disaster, and other spiritual crisis or trauma.

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A journal for teens who have someone they love complete suicide.

By Emilio Parga, M.A.

40 pages for teens and pre-teens, written from teens, to document their feelings, write a letter, write a poem and write about memories on their own or in a group. Includes organizations, websites, facts about suicide.

Product code is OOSO

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-212-3

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A Memoir of Grief

Bridget E. Park is a senior in high school. Inspired by the tragic loss of her brother, she wrote her debut memoir at age 15 in the hopes that her story would encourage others to find healthy ways of grieving.

Growing Young: A Memoir of Grief is the only grief support book written by a teenager who, at age 12, stumbled upon the body of her fourteen-year-old brother while they were home alone. His suicide shattered her world and forced Bridget to face issues she had never before considered.

Follow the author through her grieving process as she attempts to cope with the loss of a loved one. Bridget E. Park currently resides in Nevada and plans to continue writing and sharing her story through speaking engagements. This is an inspiring story for teenagers.

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A story for child survivors and those who care for them

by Doreen Cammarata

Illustrated by Michael Ives Volk & Leela Accetta 

This book is designed for adult caregivers to read to surviving youngsters following a suicidal death. The story allows individuals an opportunity to recognize normal grieving symptoms and to identify various interventions to promote healthy ways of coping with the death of a special person. Although the language used in the book is simplistic enough to be read along with children and ultimately stimulating family discussion, it can be beneficial to all who have been tragically devastated by suicide. It is recommended for this book to be utilized in conjunction with therapy.

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by Jeanne M. Harper, MPS — A Centering Corporation Resource

Talks about feelings, depression, anger, guilt and blame, pressures and taking care of yourself and getting help.

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By Julia Cook, Illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood

After the Ant Hill School is destroyed, a little boy ant is afraid to go back to school. His mom caringly explains to him that sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control, but we have to find a way to keep living and growing.  To do that, “We breathe in and breathe out, and hold onto each other.  We shed a lot of tears, and we love one another.  We all come together as a strong team of ONE, and then we rebuild, we get things done!”

The Ant Hill Disaster thoughtfully addresses fears associated with both natural and man-caused disasters.  It models effective parenting and teaching responses.  This book can help assure children that through love, empathetic understanding, preparation, and effective communication, they can stand strong, even in the midst of uncontrollable events.

ISBN13: 978-1-937870-27-0

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by Melody Ray, illustrated by R. Lynn O

Accidental substance overdoses continue to rise across our country, leaving families at a loss as to how to tell and assist the children that are grieving. This story is an excellent tool for parents and caregivers. Includes a workbook, definitions, some facts and a note to the adult reading the story.

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Bob Baugher, Ph.D. Y Lew Cox, Victim Advocate

This book is the Spanish version of the book entitled: Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide. This book guides the Spanish language reader through the steps following a homicide. The book begins with the first few days, then onto the next few weeks, months and years. Included in the book is the story of co-author, Lew Cox, whose daughter, Carmon was murdered and the array of grief reactions he experienced.

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Launched with a powerful narrative thrust of the suicide of her son in 1978, LaRita Archibald leads the reader from the initial trauma of violent death, through the ragged, brutal and unknown psychological and emotional landscape that must be traversed to find eventual peace. Using lessons learned from decades of work with suicide bereaved LaRita helps survivors of suicide loss have a framework for understanding the complexities of suicide grief and the reassurance that what they are experiencing is normal for what they have experienced. She gives names to the unsettling experiences of 'phantom pain' and 'flashbacks' and validates feelings of anger, responsibility, frustration, even relief, as well as the need to search for answers, reasons and cause. By addressing the concept of 'choice' and the impact of religious beliefs, misconceptions and age-old bias, LaRita helps uncover layers of cultural influence that often create barriers to healing. She shares anecdotes of military suicide loss, the compounded tragedy of murder/suicide and multiple suicide loss and how those left behind gained the strength to work through the extreme circumstance of their tragedies. She offers practical advice for protecting the parents' marriage after a child's suicide, for meeting needs of bereaved children and for taking care of one's physical, emotional and spiritual self during acute grief. She acknowledges the evolvement of a 'new normal; the adjustment to the physical and social environment suicide grievers must make to live beyond the death of their loved one and, as well, to live with the fact of suicide as the cause of the death. LaRita offers the reader suggestions for moving from being a victim to a survivor, and eventually, a "thriver". In her book, Finding Peace Without All The Pieces, LaRita Archibald helps the reader place the pieces of their own loss into a mosaic that brings hope and healing just by reading it. She extends the promise that the overwhelming anguish of today will eventually subside into manageable sorrow, that the suicide of one dealy loved IS survivable and there is healing and peace waiting in the future. She takes the hand of suicide bereaved, lending the strength of her own healing, as she helps them cross crevasses of deep suffering and tread the rugged paths through mountains of grief toward a plateau of peace. All the while she comforts and encourages, telling them. "Follow me, dear survivor. I've made this bitter journey. I will show you the way."

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by Michael F. Myers, MD

Physicians are known to be a group of professionals who are at risk of taking their own lives. In this easy-to-read book, Dr. Michael Myers, a psychiatrist and specialist in physician health, attempts to explain the mystery of why some doctors, despite their calling and the adoration of their families, patients, students and colleagues, perish by suicide. He combines the powerful and gripping insights of dozens of bereaved people whom he interviewed for this project with disguised stories from his decades-long clinical practice to shed some light on this national tragedy.

The stigma attached to mental illness in doctors is ubiquitous and pernicious – and, because untreated illness is one of the major drivers to suicide, Dr. Myers argues that stigma must be fought with urgency and might. He makes across-the-board recommendations in an effort to prevent suicide in physicians and concludes that everyone has a role to play in saving a doctor’s life. This is a book about heartbreak, loss, prevailing, growth, passion and hope. It’s a book for doctors themselves, their families, those who train them, those who treat them and those who care about them.

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by Iris Bolton

*** New Release *** (2017)

includes DVD of interviews

"My intention in writing this book is to assist people touched by suicide loss." says Iris Bolton. "I share my own journey following the suicide of our twenty-year-old son Mitch many years ago, as well as my bereavement process as a parent, counselor, and lecturer."

According to an informal survey of family members impacted by suicide, eight issues were identified to be among the most difficult. They are: Why, Guilt, Shame, Anger, Pain, Fear, Depression, and Faith. Chapters in the book and on the DVD deal with these areas and many others.

More than 25 suicide loss survivors share their poignant stories of trauma, healing, and hope related to one of the above eight issues. Their courage and resilience are deeply touching.

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by Yochi Dreazen

The unforgettable story of a military family that lost two sons—one to suicide and one in combat—and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces’ suicide epidemic.

Major General Mark Graham was a decorated two-star officer whose integrity and patriotism inspired his sons, Jeff and Kevin, to pursue military careers of their own. His wife Carol was a teacher who held the family together while Mark's career took them to bases around the world. When Kevin and Jeff die within nine months of each other—Kevin commits suicide and Jeff is killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq—Mark and Carol are astonished by the drastically different responses their sons’ deaths receive from the Army. While Jeff is lauded as a hero, Kevin’s death is met with silence, evidence of the terrible stigma that surrounds suicide and mental illness in the military. Convinced that their sons died fighting different battles, Mark and Carol commit themselves to transforming the institution that is the cornerstone of their lives.

The Invisible Front is the story of how one family tries to set aside their grief and find purpose in almost unimaginable loss. The Grahams work to change how the Army treats those with PTSD and to erase the stigma that prevents suicidal troops from getting the help they need before making the darkest of choices. Their fight offers a window into the military’s institutional shortcomings and its resistance to change – failures that have allowed more than 3,000 troops to take their own lives since 2001. Yochi Dreazen, an award-winning journalist who has covered the military since 2003, has been granted remarkable access to the Graham family and tells their story in the full context of two of America’s longest wars. Dreazen places Mark and Carol’s personal journey, which begins when they fall in love in college and continues through the end of Mark's thirty-four-year career in the Army, against the backdrop of the military’s ongoing suicide spike, which shows no signs of slowing. With great sympathy and profound insight, The Invisible Front details America's problematic treatment of the troops who return from war far different than when they'd left and uses the Graham family’s work as a new way of understanding the human cost of war and its lingering effects off the battlefield.

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New York Times bestseller

From acclaimed poet and novelist Jill Bialosky, the New York Times bestselling exploration of her sister’s suicide and the lifelong impact it had on those left behind—“a beautifully composed, deeply reflective work” (Publishers Weekly).

“It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy…It is so easy to achieve.” —Kim’s journal entry, May 3, 1988

On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she took her mother’s car keys, went into the garage, closed the garage door. She climbed into the car, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. Her body was found the next morning by the neighborhood boy her mother hired to cut the grass.

Those are the simple facts, but the act of suicide is anything but simple. For twenty years, Bialosky has lived with the grief, guilt, questions, and confusion unleashed by Kim’s suicide. Now, in a remarkable work of literary nonfiction, she re-creates with unsparing honesty her sister’s inner life, the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night. In doing so, she opens a window on the nature of suicide itself, our own reactions and responses to it—especially the impact a suicide has on those who remain behind.

Combining Kim’s diaries with family history and memoir, drawing on the works of doctors and psychologists as well as writers from Melville and Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Wallace Stevens, Bialosky gives us a stunning exploration of human fragility and strength. She juxtaposes the story of Kim’s death with the challenges of becoming a mother and her own exuberant experience of raising a son. This is a book that explores all aspects of our familial relationships—between mothers and sons, fathers and daughters—but particularly the tender and enduring bonds between sisters.

History of a Suicide brings a crucial and all too rarely discussed subject out of the shadows, and in doing so gives readers the courage to face their own losses, no matter what those may be. This searing and compassionate work reminds us of the preciousness of life and of the ways in which those we love are inextricably bound to us.

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by Carolyn Zahnow

*** we have a couple copies left that have been autographed by the author ***

"Beautiful Disasters" follows the downward spiral of the author's son from when his birth dad died when Cameron was 15 until his own untimely death at age 18. The author feels that her son's grief manifested into major depression which was the precursor to meth addiction, breaking the law, and finally his own death by suicide. This book shares the mental health professionals visits and rehabilitation they pursed in hopes of saving Cameron. The goal of this book is to make parents and others who come in touch with teens, aware of the signs of depression, grief, and substance abuse so they can perhaps a save a life. From a review... "While this story is grim, it is written with frankness and candor and can offer insights or solace to families going through a similar experience."

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Convergence
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10 Things That Remind Me of Lara, by Peter J. Warshaw

This collection of poems is part of the author's journey to survive the loss of his wife to suicide.

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by Lindsey Doolittle, illustrated by survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide

How do we talk to our young children about suicide? This book offers a gentle way of explaining a loved one's suicide without sweeping it under the rug. By starting an open and honest conversation with our youth, we can help break down the stigmas and start raising mental health awareness. We need to teach our children that it's ok to speak up and ask questions about feelings they might not understand instead of keeping our emotions hidden. Together we can stay above the rug!

This book includes resources on suicide support, a space to write a letter to your lost loved one, and a page where you can attach his/her photo.

To see memory photos and to find out more visit www.abovetherug.com

For each book that is purchased, part of the proceeds goes to SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support).

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Nueva Sexta Edición En Español

Lidiar con la tristeza, la ira y la injusticia después de una muerte trágica

by Janice Harris Lord

This book gives hope and practical suggestions to survivors grieving the tragic death of a loved one.  Tears will come to your eyes as you read the comments of survivors throughout the book, but many of the tears will honor their insight and courage as they travel their paths toward healing.

“No Time For Goodbyes is designed for anyone who wants the self-affirming skills of full expression for victim survivors.  This is the most significant book I have read on this tragic subject.” – Rabbi Earl Grollman, DD

“As a mother whose daughter was murdered, as a psychiatrist, and as a member of Parents of Murdered Children, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I will certainly recommend this book to others.” – Wanda Bincer

“No Time For Goodbyes is an invaluable handbook for those who grieve for someone killed.  Every counselor should read it and have copies on an office shelf for desolate survivors.” – Dr. Robert Weiss

ISBN10: 1-878321-30-7 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-30-5

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Understanding Murder-Suicide by Thomas Joiner

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Of the approximately 38,500 deaths by suicide in the U.S. annually, about two percent—between 750 and 800—are murder-suicides. The horror of murder-suicides looms large in the public consciousness—they are reported in the media with more frequency and far more sensationalism than most suicides, and yet we have little understanding of this grave form of violence. In The Perversion of Virtue, leading suicide researcher Thomas Joiner explores the nature of murder-suicide and offers a unique new theory to explain this nearly unexplainable act: that murder-suicides always involve the wrongheaded invocation of one of four interpersonal virtues: mercy, justice, duty, and glory. The parent who murders his child and then himself seeks to save his child from a fatherless life of hardship; the wife who murders her husband and then herself seeks to right the wrongs he committed against her, and so on.

Murder-suicides involve the gross misperception of when and how these four virtues should be applied. Drawing from extensive research as well as real examples from the media, Joiner meticulously examines, deconstructs, and finally rebuilds our understanding of murder-suicide in such a way that brings tragic reason to what may seem an unfathomable act of violence. Along the way, he dispels some of the most enduring myths of suicide—for instance, that suicide is usually an impulsive act (it is almost always pre-meditated), or that alcohol or drugs are involved in most suicides (usually they are not). Sure to be controversial, this audiobook seeks to make sense of one of the most difficult-to-comprehend types of violence in modern society, shedding new light that will ultimately lead to better understanding and even prevention.

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Margaret Pabst Battin, Editor -- 720 pages

Is suicide wrong, profoundly morally wrong? Almost always wrong, but excusable in a few cases? Sometimes morally permissible? Imprudent, but not wrong? Is it sick, a matter of mental illness? Is it a private matter or a largely social one? Could it sometimes be right, or a "noble duty," or even a fundamental human right? Whether it is called "suicide" or not, what role may a person play in the end of his or her own life? This collection of primary sources--the principal texts of ethical interest from major writers in western and nonwestern cultures, from the principal religious traditions, and from oral cultures where observer reports of traditional practices are available, spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, the Arctic, and North and South America--facilitates exploration of many controversial practical issues: physician-assisted suicide or aid-in-dying; suicide in social or political protest; self-sacrifice and martyrdom; suicides of honor or loyalty; religious and ritual practices that lead to death, including sati or widow-burning, hara-kiri, and sallekhana, or fasting unto death; and suicide bombings, kamikaze missions, jihad, and other tactical and military suicides. This collection has no interest in taking sides in controversies about the ethics of suicide; rather, rather, it serves to expand the character of these debates, by showing them to be multi-dimensional, a complex and vital part of human ethical thought.

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by Barent W. Walsh

This trusted practitioner resource is acclaimed for its clear, compassionate, and hopeful approach to working with clients who self-injure. Barent Walsh provides current, evidence-based knowledge about the variety and causes of self-injurious behavior, its relationship to suicidality, and how to assess and treat it effectively. Illustrated with detailed case examples, chapters review a wide range of cognitive-behavioral interventions. Essential guidance is provided on tailoring the intensity of intervention to each client's unique needs. Walsh is joined by several colleagues who have contributed chapters in their respective areas of expertise. Reproducible assessment tools and handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

New to This Edition

*Incorporates up-to-date research and clinical advances.

*Now uses a stepped-care framework to match interventions to client needs.

*Chapters on the relationship between suicide and self-injury, formal assessment, family therapy, and residential treatment for adolescents.

*Special-topic chapters on the "choking game," foreign body ingestion, multiple self-harm behaviors, and self-injury in correctional settings.

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Tips and Techniques for Professionals

by Stacey Freedenthal

Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person’s suicidal danger and rebuilding the wish to live. The techniques described in the book can be interspersed into any type of therapy, no matter what the professional’s theoretical orientation is and no matter whether it’s the client’s first, tenth, or one-hundredth session. Clinicians don’t need to read this book in any particular order, or even read all of it. Open the book to any page, and find a useful tip or technique that can be applied immediately.

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Media and Suicide
Media and Suicide

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International Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Policy

edited by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler and Steven Stack

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Somewhere in the world, in the next forty seconds, a person is going to commit suicide. Globally, suicides account for 50 percent of all violent deaths among men and 71 percent for women. Despite suicide prevention programs, therapy, and pharmacological treatments, the suicide rate is either increasing or remaining high around the world.

Media and Suicide holds traditional and emergent media accountable for influencing an individual’s decision to commit suicide. Global experts present research, historical analysis, theoretical disputes (including discussion on the Werther and Papageno effects), and policy regarding the media’s impact on suicide. They answer questions about the effects of different types of media and storytelling, show how the impact of social media can be diminished, discuss internet bullying, mass-shootings and mass-suicides, show the effects of recovery stories, and much more.

The editors also present examples of suicide policy in the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Hong Kong on how to best communicate reporting guidelines to decrease the copycat effect, especially in less developed nations where most of the world’s nearly one million suicides occur each year. Although there is much work to be done to prevent media-influenced suicide, this innovative volume will contribute a large piece to this complex puzzle.

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Finding the Road Back to Normal

By Amy Zellmer

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye.

This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post.

Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can't remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it's like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones.

It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.

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Preventing suicide, depression, and addiction

By Carolyn C Zahnow

Save the Teens: Preventing suicide, depression and addiction is a non-fiction book written by a mother who lost her 18 year-old son to suicide in 2005, but it is not a memoir. The author researched all the topics that made her wonder why her only child would perform such a horrendous act; such as teen depression, mood disorders, methamphetamine, addictions, and suicide. After a year of research, she realized she had enough information for a book and wanted to share it with other parents in hopes of saving their teens from a possible suicide. The book opens with the day the author's son ended his life. The book is set up differently in that the left pages contain the author's son's writing and artwork as well memoir as it pertains to the current chapter which is the research located on the right hand pages. The writings and artwork provide examples of a teen's depression.

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A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort

by Adele Ryan McDowell, PhD

Insightful, provocative, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide. This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for anyone who works with, guides, or counsels those feeling suicidal and/or suffering the profound grief from a suicidal loss. Making Peace with Suicide includes stories of courage, vulnerability, and steadfastness from both the survivors of suicidal loss as well as the unique perspective of the formerly suicidal. It offers shared wisdom and coping strategies from those who have walked before you. It explores the factors leading to suicide and the reasons why some do and some don’t leave suicide notes. Making Peace with Suicide sheds light on the phenomena of suicide vis-à-vis our teens, the military, new mothers, as an end-of-life choice, and asks if addiction is a form of slow suicide. It provides a seven-step healing process and opens the door to consider suicide and the soul, the heart lesson of suicide, and the energies of suicide. If suicidality has impacted your life, Making Peace with Suicide is a must-read. You will be guided through the unknown territory, given insights to allow understanding, stories to help you heal, and ways to make peace with a heart wide-open. Making Peace with Suicide is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul.

"Finally. A book that explains—in the simplest of terms, in a non-sensational, non-academic manner—the phenomenal, worldwide epidemic we call suicide. If you read one book on mental illness and how it affects our world, READ THIS ONE!” –Ginny Sparrow, Editor, American Association of Suicidology

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*Highly Commended in the Health and Social Care category at the 2012 British Medical Association Book Awards*

Those left behind in the wake of suicide are often plagued by unanswered questions and feelings of guilt. Helping them to understand why the suicide happened, how suicide survivors commonly react and cope, and where they can find support can help them move forwards on their path from grief to recovery.

Drawing on the testimonies of suicide survivors and research into suicide bereavement, this book provides those working with the bereaved with the knowledge and guidance they need. It covers common grief and crisis reactions, including those specific to children and young people, how suicide bereavement differs from other forms of bereavement, and how others have coped and been supported. It also addresses how the bereaved can move on, including advice on support networks including friends, family, professionals and other bereaved people.

This book will be invaluable to all those supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide, including counsellors, bereavement support workers, social workers, and psychologists.

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Meeting a crucial need, this book distills the best current knowledge on child and adolescent suicide prevention into comprehensive guidelines for school-based practitioners. The author draws on extensive research and clinical experience to provide best-practice recommendations for developing schoolwide prevention programs, conducting risk assessments, and intervening at different levels of intensity with students at risk. Also presented are postvention procedures for responding effectively if a suicide does occur. Legal and ethical issues are addressed in detail. Reproducible handouts include sample assessment questions for students, teachers, and parents; the book's large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

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Cracked, Not Broken
Cracked, Not Broken

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took four seconds to fall. Recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, Kevin had begun to hear voices telling him he had to die, and days before his attempt, he began to believe them.

The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author’s desire to live mentally well-- and to be a mental health advocate-- pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.

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Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach, Second Edition, provides a thorough introduction to the use of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) protocol. Experienced clinicians might easily incorporate the SSF-4 and associated CAMS materials into their practice with suicidal patients. Reproducible Suicide Status Forms and other CAMS materials are provided in the manual….A complete case example featuring one of Jobes’s own former patients is interwoven throughout the manual….Provides a clear and flexible framework for the treatment of suicidal behavior in outpatient settings. Jobes offers an evidence-based treatment framework which was seemingly co-authored with his many patient-survivors of suicide over years of research and treatment. The manual provides important updates to the first edition which have resulted from rigorous evaluation of the CAMS model. With research support for CAMS growing, the second edition of Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach may become a relied-upon reference in the toolkit of clinicians and allied professionals who serve suicidal patients.

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Penned with a compelling elegance and charm, the "Practical Art of Suicide Assessment" is brimming with clinical wisdom, enlightening case illustrations and a vibrant sense of compassion. Viewed as one of the classics in the field of mental health, and acclaimed by both beginning students and experienced clinicians alike, it describes in a step-by-step fashion exactly how to make a sound suicide assessment. Dr. Shea explores the causes of suicidal ideation as well as the nuances of risk actors, protective factors, and the complexities of the clinical formulation of risk. He skillfully integrates all of this information for the reader by using real-life case examples and addressing daunting clinical challenges head-on such as assessing suicide risk with clients coping with borderline personality disorder or psychotic process. In addition Dr. Shea brings to life the highly acclaimed interview strategy for uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, behavior and intent the "Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach)". Dr. Shea, the originator of the CASE Approach, shows exactly how to creatively and flexibly use its innovative interviewing techniques to match the unique needs of every client. The CASE Approach has been described by the noted suicidologist and past President of the American Association of Suicidology, David Jobes, Ph.D. as follows: "The CASE Approach moves the clinician almost imperceptibly into the secret internal workings of the mind and soul of the patient tormented by suicidal ideation. I believe that the CASE Approach is a remarkable conceptual and clinical contribution to the field of suicidology. It should be taught to any front-line clinician. It has the power to meaningfully save lives." Dr. Shea concludes the book with a no-nonsense approach to documenting a suicide risk assessment that can both help to save a client's life as well as keep the clinician out of court. Respected across the globe, the Practical Art of Suicide Assessment has been translated into languages as diverse as French and Japanese. Mental Health Presses is pleased to re-issue this classic in contemporary suicide prevention (originally published in 2002).

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Teen Suicide Risk
Teen Suicide Risk

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Meeting a vital need, this book helps clinicians rapidly identify risks for suicidal behavior and manage an at-risk teen's ongoing care. It provides clear guidelines for conducting suicide risk screenings and comprehensive risk assessments and implementing immediate safety-focused interventions, as well as longer-term treatment plans. Designed for day-to-day use in private practice, schools, or other settings, the volume is grounded in a strong evidence base. It features quick-reference clinical pointers, sample dialogues with teens and parents, and reproducible assessment and documentation tools.

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