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Children's LiteratureReferred to as "an emotional cancer at the heart of our 'successful society,'" teen suicide is a dilemma for our culture many professionals feel remains inadequately addressed and responded to. This book comprehensively covers teenage suicide as it relates to societal and personal variables. Some of these include substance abuse, mental illness, the media, guns and prescription drugs. Each chapter includes plenty of statistics, a Gallup youth survey with pie graph results, and sidebars with additional facts. Discussion of popular icons and current events, as they relate to the topic of suicide, provide relevant examples for adolescent readers. Information at the end of the book provides teens with further reading suggestions and internet resources to find help for themselves or others. The last chapter includes a guideline by the American Association of Suicidology of do's and don't for teens dealing with a potentially suicidal friend. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 14 to 18.