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After Suicide

After Suicide

It’s unthinkable.  The loss of a spouse, child, or loved one.  It’s even more unthinkable to know that the death was the result of a suicide.  After Suicide follows 12 widows who lost their husbands.  It walks the twisting road of their relationships, how the...
American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration

American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration

Every country seems to have its own unique quirks as it relates to suicide.  Some have higher rates and some lower, but more than that, each culture views suicide just a bit differently.  American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration (originally p...
Assessment and Prediction of Suicide

Assessment and Prediction of Suicide

I didn’t get past the foreword before the book proclaimed, “For no one has the gift of prophecy.”  So starts the attempt at Assessment and Prediction of Suicide .  It was the best thinking about how to predict and assess suicidal potential in 1992, a...
Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

There’s not much that works.  When it comes to suicide prevention, the list of interventions that reduce attempts is small.  There’s Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention (BCBT-SP ), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) , and Colla...
Bruised and Wounded

Bruised and Wounded

While most of the books that I've been reading and reviewing over the past several weeks (and months) are focused on the clinical diagnosis of suicide and its prevention, Bruised and Wounded is focused on those who are left in the wake of suicide. The...
Choosing to Live

Choosing to Live

A long time ago, I was told that no one is interested in a negative review.  I was reviewing technology at the time, so a few of the products I set out to review never got a story.  I’ve mostly carried that through in my book reviews.  However, Choosing to L...
Clues to Suicide

Clues to Suicide

If I presented you with a selection of genuine suicide notes and a set of manufactured suicide notes from a matched set of individuals, would you be able to tell the difference?  This is at the heart of Clues to Suicide .  Edward Shneidman famously g...
Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and Therapy

Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and Therapy

Of course, the way that you think about things leads towards or away from suicide.  So, how do we find ways to lead people away from suicide as a valid option?  That’s what Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and Therapy is all about.  How do w...
Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients: Scientific and Clinical Applications

Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients: Scientific and Clinical Applications

As effective treatments go, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the big hitter.  Several people have applied it to suicide prevention; Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients: Scientific and Clinical Applications discusses the opportunities for its ...
Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology

Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology

In principle, I must disagree with any book that calls itself comprehensive. It's impossible to contain everything about a topic in one tome – in part because there's always new discoveries, and in part because it's hard to define the edges of a particular a...
Critical Suicidology

Critical Suicidology

Critical Suicidology can either refer to the critical need for people to become more versed in suicidology or being critical of suicidology’s progress – or both.  While suicide rates vary country by country and year by year, they’re climbing and gl...
The Cry for Help

The Cry for Help

One of the things that people often say about those who attempt suicide is that it’s just a cry for help.  While this isn’t true – every attempt should be taken seriously – The Cry for Help covers suicide attempts and death by suicide as it was know...
Definition of Suicide

Definition of Suicide

It’s hard to address something that you don’t have a clear definition of.  That’s why Edwin Schneidman wrote Definition of Suicide .  He’s not the only person to tackle this definitional challenge, but he may be the person with the most experience. A Rainbow o...
The End of Hope

The End of Hope

What differentiates the good programs from the bad?  How can you find the programs that will make a difference for addiction or suicide?  What if the answer comes down to hope?  The End of Hope is a retrospective of an affluent, private hospital th...
Guns and Suicide

Guns and Suicide

Very few things could have a greater immediate and visceral impact on people than talking about Guns and Suicide .  Few topics are more sensitized in America than guns.  Few topics are more emotional than suicide.  No matter where you fall on guns, yo...
A Handbook for the Study of Suicide

A Handbook for the Study of Suicide

One of the most interesting challenges with suicide is figuring out how to study it in a way that leads to better assessments and better interventions.  That’s the heart of A Handbook for the Study of Suicide : learning more about suicide to address as...
Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals

Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals

They want to help; they just don’t know what to do.  It’s a tragic fact that most psychology and sociology programs don’t have a single class regarding suicide in their entire academic career.  So therapists and social workers encounter a suicidal person ...
Man Against Himself

Man Against Himself

One of the things about researching suicide is you get the very real sense that it’s somehow an internal conflict that boils over into an act of self-aggression.  It’s this very real consideration that leads to Karl Menninger’s 1938 classic book, Man Ag...
Myths about Suicide

Myths about Suicide

I was surprised when Alex took his life. I thought we knew about what the warning signs were for suicide, but clearly, we're wrong. Myths about Suicide explores some of the common myths about suicide – including myths that we still teach people who a...
The Neurobiology of Suicide: From the Bench to the Clinic

The Neurobiology of Suicide: From the Bench to the Clinic

By the late 1990s, a great deal was being learned about the neuroscience of the brain.  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) became popular in the 1980s, and it was extended to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in 1990, which opened up new doors ...
The Neuroscience of Suicidal Behavior

The Neuroscience of Suicidal Behavior

In my journey in the wake of suicide, the most common thing that I hear is "it doesn't make sense" or "it is so senseless." The survivors who must clean up the mess that the person who committed suicide left are wondering why. The Neuroscience of Suicidal...
Pathways to Suicide

Pathways to Suicide

What if the act of suicide isn’t a moment of desperation but is instead the result of a lifetime of wounds and hurts that just don’t seem to heal quite right?  What if we could see these hurts, and, in doing so, approach a sense of intervening before it’s...
Rethinking Suicide: Why Prevention Fails, and How We Can Do Better

Rethinking Suicide: Why Prevention Fails, and How We Can Do Better

When you read a lot, you start to realize that many books fall into a common pattern.  They offer small enhancements on what you already know – that is, until you find the book that causes you to rethink what you know.  That’s what Rethinking Suicide: Why P...
Review of Suicidology, 2000

Review of Suicidology, 2000

State of the art doesn’t move as quickly in some places as we’d like to believe.  Much of the technology in aviation is half a century old.  Much of what we know and believe about suicide has a similarly lengthy history.  It’s in that context that I p...
The Savage God

The Savage God

Reading about suicide through the lens of an author about the death of another author isn’t where I’d normally start.  However, The Savage God was referred to by both The Suicidal Mind and Myths about Suicide , so it was clearly a work that held...
Social Forces in Urban Suicide

Social Forces in Urban Suicide

What are the forces that drive suicide?  How is it that we’re reducing the material suffering of the globe (albeit too slowly), yet suicide rates are going up?  Ronald Maris shared his work Social Forces in Urban Suicide back in 1969.  Admittedly, it’s...
The Suicidal Mind

The Suicidal Mind

After someone close to you commits suicide, the nearly universal response is to try to understand what they were thinking. How did they come to view suicide as the only (or best) option? That's the question that The Suicidal Mind seeks to answer. What...
Suicide and Its Aftermath

Suicide and Its Aftermath

They don’t know what to say.  My friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are at a loss for words when I tell them of our son’s death by suicide.  While suicide ends the suffering of the person completing the act, it transfers that pain to those who survi...
Suicide and Its Prevention: The Role of Attitude and Imitation

Suicide and Its Prevention: The Role of Attitude and Imitation

The idea that suicide is a global health problem isn’t new.  Many organizations had noticed the ongoing and escalating problem of suicide, and in 1989, the World Health Organization published Suicide and Its Prevention: The Role of Attitude and Imitation ....
Suicide and Scandinavia

Suicide and Scandinavia

It’s a curiosity.  The suicide rate in Denmark is very high.  The suicide rate in Norway is low.  At least they were in the early 1960s, when Herbert Hendin was doing his research.  The rates today are substantially similar to each other.  Back then, ...
Suicide: Guidelines for Assessment, Management, and Treatment

Suicide: Guidelines for Assessment, Management, and Treatment

There’s a yearning on the part of those who have encountered suicide.  It’s a yearning for answers.  Answers to questions like how can I know that someone is at risk?  What do I do to minimize someone’s risk?  And how would I treat someone who is at ris...
Suicide: Inside and Out

Suicide: Inside and Out

Years ago, I was doing a conference in the Union Square area of San Francisco, and I received a warning about the homeless in the area.  During the day, things were fine; but I shouldn’t go walking alone at night, because many of the homeless in the ar...
Suicide Over the Life Cycle: Risk Factors, Assessment, and Treatment of Suicidal Patients

Suicide Over the Life Cycle: Risk Factors, Assessment, and Treatment of Suicidal Patients

What we wouldn’t do to be able to classify suicidal risk over someone’s life.  The ability to see when a person is – and isn’t – suicidal would be a great boon to our work to prevent needless deaths.  This is the grand vision to which Suicide Over the Li...
Suicide: Understanding and Responding

Suicide: Understanding and Responding

Ultimately, what people want is to know how to respond to loved ones, colleagues, and community who are potentially suicidal in a way that helps them to recognize their value and allows them to make the decision to continue living.  Suicide: Understanding ...
Theory of Suicide

Theory of Suicide

In suicide, man uses his power and intelligence to destroy that power and intelligence.  In doing so, he removes his sadness and desperation and replaces it with the suffering and grief of those who cared for him.  So starts the journey into Theory o...
Treating Suicidal Behavior: An Effective, Time-Limited Approach

Treating Suicidal Behavior: An Effective, Time-Limited Approach

What started here would eventually become brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (BCBT-SP).  In Treating Suicidal Behavior: An Effective, Time-Limited Approach , David Rudd, Thomas Joiner, and Hasan Rajab review what works in therapy ...
Turning Points: An Extraordinary Journey into the Suicidal Mind

Turning Points: An Extraordinary Journey into the Suicidal Mind

What better way to understand the suicidal mind than to hear the stories of those who attempted suicide, failed, and decided to share their experiences? That's the heart of Turning Points: An Extraordinary Journey into the Suicidal Mind . The journey...
When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It

When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It

You never know how fate is going to deal a hand.  In the case of Rory O’Conner, he was going to be led towards suicide research only to find that the person who led him there would die by his own hand.  O’Conner wrote When It Is Darkest: Why People Die b...
Why People Die by Suicide

Why People Die by Suicide

I never claimed to be an expert on suicide, but I had been trained with some screening criteria. It wasn't much more than, "Here are the things to look for, and here's what you do," but it seemed like enough. I found out it wasn't enough when our son,...