Why Suicide?: Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know [NOOK Book]

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According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in our lifetimes 80 percent of us will have some up-close experience with the suicide of someone we know. And more than 20 percent of us will have a family member die by suicide. Journalist Eric Marcus knows this better than most people. In 1970, his father took his life at the age of 44. In 2008, his 49-year-old sister-in-law took her life as well.

In a completely revised and updated edition of the landmark original ...

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Why Suicide?: Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know

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Overview

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in our lifetimes 80 percent of us will have some up-close experience with the suicide of someone we know. And more than 20 percent of us will have a family member die by suicide. Journalist Eric Marcus knows this better than most people. In 1970, his father took his life at the age of 44. In 2008, his 49-year-old sister-in-law took her life as well.

In a completely revised and updated edition of the landmark original Why Suicide ?, Eric Marcus offers thoughtful answers to scores of questions about this complex, painful issue, from how to recognize the signs of someone who is suicidal to strategies for coping in the aftermath of a loved one's death.

No matter what the circumstances, those of us who are affected by suicide are left with difficult and disturbing questions:

  • Why did they do it?
  • Was it my fault?
  • What should I tell people when they ask what happened?
  • Is someone who attempts suicide likely to try again?
  • What should I do if I'm thinking of killing myself?

Drawing from his own experience, as well as interviews with people who have been touched by suicide, Eric Marcus cuts through the veil of silence and misunderstanding to bring clarity, reassurance, and comfort to those who so desperately need it.

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Editorial Reviews

Joan Rivers
“It would have been such a comfort to have read this book after I lost my husband Edgar to suicide.”
Surviving Suicide
“This book is a must have.”
Dear Abby
“A must-read book for anyone whose life has been touched by suicide. It’s compassionate, informative, and heartfelt. Do yourself a favor and start the healing with this splendid book!”
Library Journal - BookSmack!
Marcus's 1996 original received glowing praise from LJ's reviewer, who dubbed it "a marvelous addition to suicidology collections as well as a solid choice for bibliotherapy." Both Marcus's father and sister killed themselves, so he comes to this with a deep personal investment. More than a treatise on the subject, this aspires to give comfort and insight to those who also have close friends or relatives who've taken their lives. The text is presented in a Q&A format touching on numerous aspects of the subject. This revised and updated edition remains "a solid choice." Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 10/7/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062213525
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 461,620
  • File size: 599 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Basics 1

Chapter 2 How? 51

Chapter 3 Teen/Youth Suicide 58

Chapter 4 Suicide and the Elderly 72

Chapter 5 Attempted Suicide 83

Chapter 6 Prevention and Treatment 94

Chapter 7 Surviving Suicide: Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know 119

Appendix 209

Selected Bibliography 217

Index 221

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Valentines day approaches

    15 years alone. Its worse than all the other holidays. I almost thought id have someone this year. He just used me. Still alone. Still lonely. Feeling hopeless. Useless. Unwanted. Not good enough.....Lyla

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Middle of summer :REAL LIFE, NOT DATING PROBLEM

    Im 11 years old, i am bullyed. I cryed during the school year, on the bus, at night, its finally over, and i cry. Relizing i have to go through 7th grade. I dont leave my house, many of these bullys live near me, i stopped it two times, one in school, one at home, but i was the next target. I have one freind. She an i grow apart, we moved 4 years ago from down the street from her to 2 hours, we dont comunicate. I dont swim, or ride my bike, or wear pants, im overweight and even my parents cristisze me. I am used often because of my sister lying, and using me herself. My grandparents critisize me. I am a loner, i sit by my self every where. I have been diagnosed with deppresion since 6, signs showed i had it earlyer, it runs in my family i have tried two comit suicde, : REAL LIFE NOT A DATING PROBLEM , ANY HELP PLEASE REASPOND!

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