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AEAS 7 FY21 Q2 How to be an Upstander: Learn about Suicide and its Prevention


Learning about Suicide and its Prevention

Bialosky, Jill. (2015) History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life. Coming soon in print

For twenty years, Bialosky has lived with the grief, guilt, questions, and confusion unleashed by her sister’s suicide. Here she re-creates with unsparing honesty her sister’s inner life, the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night. In doing so, she opens a window on the nature of suicide itself, our reactions and responses to it, especially the impact a suicide has on those who remain behind.

Blauner, Susan R. (2019) How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me. Available in print

Suicide has touched the lives of nearly half of all Americans, yet it is rarely talked about openly. In her highly acclaimed book, Susan Blauner—a survivor of multiple suicide attempts—offers guidance and hope for those contemplating ending their lives and for their loved ones.

Bleuel, Amy. (2017) Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn't Over. Coming soon in print

Project Semicolon, a suicide-prevention organization, began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. This book shares dozens of portraits and stories from people of all ages talking about what they have endured and what they want for their futures.

Cregan, Mary. (2020) The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery. Available in print

At the age of twenty-seven, the author gives birth to her first child, a daughter she names Anna. But it’s apparent that something is terribly wrong, and two days later, Anna dies—plunging Cregan into suicidal despair. She weaves together literature and research with details from her own ordeal—and the still-visible scar of her suicide attempt—while also considering her life as part of the larger history of our understanding of depression.

Dreazen, Yochi. (2014) The invisible front: love and loss in an era of endless war. Available in print

This is the story of how one family tries to set aside their grief and find purpose in almost unimaginable loss. They work to change how the Army treats those with PTSD and to erase the stigma that prevents suicidal troops from getting the help they need before making the darkest of choices. Their fight offers a window into the military’s institutional shortcomings and its resistance to change – failures that have allowed more than 3,000 troops to take their own lives since 2001.

Haig, Matt. (2016) Reasons to Stay Alive. Available in print and in ebook

Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope.

McGregor, Paul. (2019) Man Up, Man Down: Standing Up to Suicide. Available in print and ebook

On the 4th March 2009, the author's Father ended his own life. This book is his tale of recovery. Taking off that mask and being able to answer the questions that surrounded his Dad's suicide. It explores what it means to be a man today, and what it takes to be able to deal with a heartbreaking suicide.

Pacha, Linda. (2020) Saving Ourselves from Suicide - Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief. Available in print

The author is refreshingly transparent, holding nothing back in this moving and uplifting help book. Read warning signs in her son's last text messages that are labeled. Learn what Nick could not feel or understand: the options and hope that were still there. And if suicide has already happened, she will help you move forward in your grief, release any guilt or anger, and find the hope in life again.