The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens


Recognizing that young people have the power to be suicide preventers, this book offers positive, practical, step-by-step advice that can save lives.
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Recognizing that young people have the power to be suicide preventers, this book offers positive, practical, step-by-step advice that can save lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
This book is probably the best on the topic you may see for an easy format, organization, coverage, and readability. There's a whole lot of introductory material and different sections but it sets the stage for what is to come as well as lends credibility to the information. Included is "Why We Wrote This Book," "About This Book," "We Want to Hear From You," "Important Information Forms," and other informative sections. It is also organized into parts. Why, What, and Who. Sections in Part One, "Why, What, and Who," include "Why Would Someone Want to Die? What You Need to Know About Suicide," "What Are the Warning Signs of Suicide?" and "Who's At Risk?" Sections in Part Two ,"How to Be a Suicide Preventer" include: "Reach Out," "Listen," "Get Help," "Help Yourself," and "Get Your School and Community Involved." There is a Resources section, which covers "Crisis Assistance" and "Reading Reference." An index and "About the Authors" round out the text. This is a quality paperback book—very attractive and would fit easily into a backpack or such.
VOYA - Heather Hepler
When asked, 90 percent of teenagers said that they would tell a friend first if they were having suicidal thoughts. This resource prepares teens for that moment, offering reasons why someone might want to die, how to recognize the warning signs of suicidal thoughts, and how to get help. This updated version includes the most current research on teen suicide and offers resources for assistance and further reading. The first section focuses on why someone might want to commit suicide, risk factors for suicide, and general facts about suicide. The majority of the book is dedicated to helping teens understand what they can do for themselves and their friends when they are confronted with this issue. Here the authors offer the steps that one can take to help someone considering suicide. Chapters discuss depression and stress and other triggers that might influence someone's decision. Part Two includes a section on how to deal with the feelings of loss associated with a completed suicide. A final section offers addresses and phone numbers of agencies dedicated to preventing suicide and suggests resources for further reading. The power of this resource is in its presentation of the information. Chapters offer specific questions that teens can ask their friends to draw them out. The text continues by offering plans of action that teens can take to help others immediately. Chapters devoted to active listening and enlisting the help of others further assist teens in assessing and dealing with a dangerous situation.
School Library Journal
Since teens often reach out to their peers rather than to adults, it is important for young people to know the facts about teen suicide and when to reach out, listen, and get help. This book provides clear, practical information and advice. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-An excellent, practical manual that is easy to read and understand. The authors' premise is that, as trusted and caring friends, YAs have a special role in the prevention of suicide among their peers, and discuss what to do if they observe the danger signals. Suggestions for assessing the degrees of concern and tips on ``active listening'' merit the attention of everyone working with teens. Basic information about suicide is presented: the magnitude and urgency of the crisis, contributing factors, categories of teens who are especially at-risk, the mind-set of would-be victims, and warning signs. They cite interviews with YAs who survived suicide attempts to indicate that many, apparently, change their minds after initiating the act. It follows that alertness and intervention can save lives. There is also a discussion of techniques for problem solving and stress reduction. For more in-depth treatments of the broader social issues that have produced the teen suicide crisis, see Michael Biskup and Carol Wekesser's Suicide (Greenhaven, 1992) and Cynthia Lewis's Teen Suicide (Enslow, 1994).-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
From the Publisher

“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458719270
  • Publisher:, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/14/2009
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Age range: 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    Proactive but Revision Hoped For

    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.

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