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: 710,628
  • 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 December 2, 2014

    To lyla or anyone else that needs help

    Hey. Youll probably never read this bc youve forgotten all bot that comment. It was so long ago. But i just want to let yoy know tht i have a tumblr called deadlydear an instagram called hmmaybewhatno and another instagram called areyouaghost and they are all dedicated to saving peoples lives. Just these past 2 years i alone have stopped 12 people from killng themselves. I will check my tumblr deadlydear the nos often but areyouaghost i also check a lot. Feel free to dm or ask me anything anything at all or judt ask for help and i will absolutlry answer and have you see tht you are a magnificent representation of the human soul. You are gorgeous, dont forget it. Love , Jillian

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