Description: This book covers the frequently discussed and often misunderstood topic of suicide prevention. It presents an interpretation of the best available research underlying a rational and reasonable approach to suicide prevention. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to integrate the best available research into a practical and pragmatic approach to suicide prevention.
Audience: The book is written for professionals interested in suicide prevention.
Features: Professor Robert Goldney writes a comprehensive but concise book on suicide that covers the history, definitions, epidemiology, contributing factors, initial assessment, evidence-based management with nonpharmacological and pharmacological approaches, prevention initiatives, and bereavement after suicide, and provides useful links. The unique structural elements are the key points at the beginning of each chapter, the well defined and numbered brief sections throughout each chapter, the page and chapter number with the chapter title on the side of each page, and the list of references at the end of each chapter. The discussion of the supportive research that demonstrates suicide is preventable is the best aspect of the book. The lack of color and the underuse of illustrations are minor shortcomings. A list of useful national and international suicide links appears at the end of the book.
Assessment: The areas that this book covers particularly well are the initial assessment and management, nonpharmacological and pharmacological approaches, broad suicide prevention initiatives, and frequently asked questions. This is a high quality book that will be useful in understanding suicide prevention.