Saving Ourselves from Suicide - Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief

Saving Ourselves from Suicide - Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief

by Linda Pacha
Saving Ourselves from Suicide - Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief

Saving Ourselves from Suicide - Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief

by Linda Pacha

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Overview

HELP, HOPE, AND HEALING

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A caring, up-close look at suicide with Prevention and Grief in one best-selling book. Why? They relate more than you realize. Considering how loved ones would grieve might be what keeps someone here. Likewise, grief can become so intense that prevention tools are needed to keep safe those left behind. With a detailed table of contents and bulleted lists, you will use this resource again and again.

Pacha, an attorney with a degree and post graduate studies in psychology, public speaks about prevention and grief through her nonprofit, Nick's Network of Hope. She lost her teen son, Nick, and holds nothing back to help others.

  • SELF HELP: Reasons to stay; how to make a safety plan; yell for help and allow it; you're not a burden; people care more than you think; how to reach out when hope is lost; risk factors and warning signs with real-life examples; bullying is a reflection of them, not you; and what Nick would want you to know
  • HOW TO HELP PEOPLE STRUGGLING: Okay to ask if suicidal; listen and ask open-ended questions; don't be a cheerleader if more is needed; believe behavior more than words; and seeking professional help
  • GRIEF: Why push on; release guilt and anger; emotions of the first year; second year and beyond; grieving individually and together; new family dynamics; getting back into society; answering difficult questions; parenting surviving kids; keeping your marriage intact; what to avoid; siblings of suicide; and physical effects
  • HOW TO HELP THOSE GRIEVING: Don't avoid; listen but don't try to fix; talk about loved ones; and allow to work through birthdays and anniversaries
  • STIGMA: Why it exists; ways to reduce it, complexities of mental health; misconceptions of selfishness, cowardliness, and lack of faith; and how stigma of mental health morphs and attaches to survivors
  • HOW TO REDUCE PRESSURE: What is the pressure and ways to reduce it; and recommendations for parents and schools
  • A BETTER TOMORROW: Ways for a kinder world; how to reduce bullying; how to teach kids to live with more compassion; and how you can make a difference
  • All Book Sale Net Proceeds Go Toward Suicide Prevention

    Book Club Discussion Questions Available on nicksnetworkofhope.org


    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781734409680
    Publisher: Autumnbloom Press
    Publication date: 05/26/2020
    Pages: 300
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

    About the Author

    Linda Pacha has firsthand knowledge of the devastation caused by a loved one's suicide and the excruciating pain from losing a child. Her teenage son, Nick, died by suicide while away at college. She shares her insights gained from his painful life, his tragic death, and her personal grief journey. Linda founded Nick's Network of Hope (nicksnetworkofhope.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides resources, support, education about life challenges with an emphasis on mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and grief and loss. Pacha is an attorney with a degree and post graduate studies in clinical psychology.

    Table of Contents

    (All Subheadings Not Shown)

    Note To Reader xix

    1: Losing A Child: A Metaphorical Look 1

    2: Mental Health Issues and Suicide Can Happen In Any Family 5

    3: Nick's Story 9

    4: Calls, Dorm, and Trip Home 51

    5: Initial Days of Grief 59

    6: The Memorial Service 67

    7: Body is Found, and Videos Appear 73

    8: Bullying and Social Difficulties 79

    Grade School 81

    Middle School 81

    High School 90

    9: Stigma and Complexities of Mental Health 103

    Misconception of Selfishness 110

    Misconception of Cowardice 112

    Misconception of Lack of Faith in Higher Power 112

    10: Social Landmines 115

    Going Out for Groceries 115

    First Steps Back into Society: Talking with Other School Parents 117

    Difficult Social Interactions with Friends 118

    Voluntarily Socializing with Others 120

    Meeting New People 122

    Being Judged 124

    Sibling of Suicide 125

    11: More Grief and the New Family 133

    Emotions of the First Year 133

    Grieving Individually and Together as a Family 134

    New Family and New Family Dynamic 135

    Marriage 137

    Physical Effects of Grieving 139

    12: First Anniversary, Second Year, and Beyond 141

    13: A Matter of Faith 145

    Shattered Faith Then Restoration and Renewal 145

    Prayerful Moment in Waiting Room 156

    Suicide Mom 158

    Forgiveness 162

    14: Choices, Changes, and Self-Growth 167

    Choices after a Tragedy, a Significant Loss, or Both 168

    Opportunity for Self Growth 173

    15: Practical Tips for Loss Survivors 185

    Reasons to Keep Pushing On 186

    Recommendations (What Worked for Us) 187

    16: Risk Factors and Warning Signs 201

    Risk Factors 201

    Warning Signs 202

    Nick's Risk Factors 206

    Nick's Unwritten Warning Signs 206

    Nick's Warning Signs in Texts 207

    17: Things to Know to Help Yourself and Others 213

    To Help Yourself 214

    To Help Others in Pain 222

    To Help Suicide Loss Survivors 227

    18: A Better and Safer Tomorrow 231

    Gather Info from Attempt Survivors and Loss Survivors 232

    Lessen Pressure on Our Youth 236

    Create a Movement to Teach Kindness and Compassion 246

    19: Final Stories of Hope 257

    Reading Group Discussion Questions 265

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