The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teensby Richard E. Nelson
Recognizing that young people have the power to be suicide preventers, this book offers positive, practical, step-by-step advice that can save lives.
“An excellent, practical manual that is easy to read and understand.”—School Library Journal
Recommended Books for the Reluctant YA Reader--American Library Association
Books for the Teen Age--New York Public Library
ALA/YALSA “Recommended Book”
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- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Dr. Richard E. Nelson has given more than 600 workshops and seminars in 27 states on suicide prevention, youth at risk, and stress. He has been a high school teacher, a counselor in junior high school, and a junior high school principal. He now works at the University of Kansas as the assistant director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Watkins Student Health Center and is an associate professor of counseling psychology. In 1994, Dr. Nelson was the first recipient of the Kansas School Counselor Association award for Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor in Kansas. In recognition of outstanding service to counseling in Kansas, he was also awarded the Kansas Counseling Association Hall of Fame Award for 1994.
Judith C. Galas started as a journalist in 1978 and has reported from Montana, New York, London, and Kansas City. For years she worked as a freelance writer and has published more than a dozen books, including several for young adults. She loves teaching her seventh graders at Bishop Seabury Academy, in Lawrence, Kansas.
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Unlike many other books on adolescent psychology, this book takes more initiative in teaching teenagers to help each other during tough times. The tips included can be used immediately after reading them, and the authors stress certain important points repeatedly so that, although they may seem redundant to those who already know them by heart, no one can finish the book without having them permanently inscribed in their minds. The first person point-of-view style taken by the authors when explaining suicide helps, but not completes, a teenager's understanding of why his or her peers may consider suicide. There were a few detractions though. More fundamental information on depression as well as the increasing necessity to consider sexuality and ethnicity as aggravating factors in suicidal teens may have helped. A few sections were over-generalized, but the most important info (such as the 'fact or fiction' of suicidal behavior) were well-covered. Combined with a book on teenage affected (i.e. emotional) disorders, alcohol/narcotics addiction, and/or risky environments (e.g. abusive families, violent neighborhoods, homogenous communities), whichever is helpful to the reader, this book can go a long way in reducing the heart-breaking statistics on suicide among young people. A newly revised edition with updated information is eagerly awaited.