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Postvention in Action: The International Handbook of Suicide Bereavement Support
By Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Onja T Grad
Reviewed by Michael F. Myers, MD
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A unique and comprehensive handbook presenting the state-of-art in suicide bereavement support. Suicide is not merely the act of an individual; it always has an effect on others and can even increase the risk of suicide in the bereaved.

   

All Three Stooges
By Erica S. Perl
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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Spoiler alert: This book is not about the Three Stooges. It's about Noah and Dash, two seventh graders who are best friends and comedy junkies. That is, they were best friends, until Dash's father died suddenly and Dash shut Noah out. Which Noah deserved, according to Noa, the girl who, annoyingly, shares both his name and his bar mitzvah day. 

   

Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic
By Michael D. Anestis, PhD
Reviewed by Ryan Holliday, PhD & Peter M. Guitierrez, PhD
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The majority of gun deaths in the United States are suicide deaths, and the majority of suicide deaths are gun deaths. Most people are unaware that suicide, at nearly 43,000 deaths per year, is more common than homicide and other widely publicized tragedies. And yet, suicide is typically absent from discussions of gun violence. As such, the national conversation on gun violence is inadequate and unrelated to the majority of gun deaths in this country.

   
Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned From Their Families and Others Who Cared
By Michael F. Myers, MD
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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Physicians are known to be a group of professionals who are at risk of taking their own lives. In this easy-to-read book, Dr. Michael Myers, a psychiatrist and specialist in physician health, attempts to explain the mystery of why some doctors, despite their calling and the adoration of their families, patients, students and colleagues, perish by suicide. He combines the powerful and gripping insights of dozens of bereaved people whom he interviewed for this project with disguised stories from his decades long clinical practice to shed some light on this national tragedy.
   
I'll Write Your Name on Every Beach: A Mother's Quest for Comfort, Courage, and Clarity After Suicide Loss
By Susan Auerbach
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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Written by a mother who lost her 21 year old son to suicide, this book deals with the themes of suicide loss through the lens of the author's personal grief. Addressing the process of post-traumatic growth, this memoir provides the bereaved with therapy exercises and creative activities to help them come to terms with their loss.

Although it deals directly with losing a child, much of the book pertains to grief generally, especially complicated grief after a sudden death, and thus provides comfort to any reader who has lost a close one to suicide or anyone interested in young people struggling with mental health. Organised thematically, it addresses the many issues and stages involved in the grieving process and ends each chapter with a variety of beneficial yoga, breathing and therapy activities. This allows readers to dip in and out of the book, and go at their own pace - replicating the fact that grief is not a linear journey but an iterative one that goes back and forth. This book is a lifeline for anyone struggling to process loss.
   
Goodnight Mr. van Gogh
By Lindsey Doolittle
Reviewed by Desiree Woodland
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Illustrated by people who have suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide, this book is a gentle way to begin a discussion with your child about the suicide of a special someone. It includes resources for parents and children as well as a place for the child to affix a photo of his/her lost loved one.
   
ChoosingToLive Choosing to Live: Stories of Those Who Stepped Away from Suicide
By Cliff Williams
Reviewed by Desiree Woodland
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Choosing to Live contains stories about people who tried to commit suicide, told in their own words, based on the author s interviews with them. Each story serves as a source of encouragement and speaks with a clear voice to all those who struggle with suicide to assure them that they are not alone. Choosing to Live is a must-read for individuals with suicidal feelings and for their relatives and friends who have suffered with them.
   
Managing Suicidal Risk Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach, Second Edition 
By David A. Jobes
Foreword by Marsha M. Linehan
Reviewed by Bill Schmitz, Jr., Psy.D.
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The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach has garnered a strong evidence base and has been implemented by thousands of therapists from a range of orientations in diverse clinical settings. This extensively revised manual provides a proven therapeutic framework for evaluating suicidal risk and developing and implementing a suicide-specific treatment plan that is respectful, empathic, and empowering. In addition to their clinical utility, the procedures used for assessment, treatment, and progress monitoring within CAMS can help reduce the risk of malpractice liability.
   
Suicide Funeral The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors
Edited by Melinda Moore and Daniel Roberts
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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To our knowledge nothing with The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors' scope and depth has ever been published. This is an aid to anyone who will be called upon to do a funeral for the nearly 43,000 suicides in America each year. This book is designed to assist clergy, chaplains, and other faith leaders as they develop sermons and homilies for a funeral service. Its mandate is to help those searching for inspiration even though they may feel confused or uncertain undertaking such a daunting assignment. Those who plan and lead a funeral service may enable family and friends to understand and participate intentionally in their grief process.
   
Seasons of Healing Seasons of Healing: A Suicide Survivor's Notebook
By: Emily Margaret Stuparyk
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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Coping with the suicide of a loved one can be completely devastating. The author befriended a lovely lady, Essie Arthur, through her first book, When Only the Love remains. When Essie tragically took her own life, Emily plunged into the stigmatized world of suicide, read countless books on the topic and journaled her way to healing through the writing of this book. 

 
   
   
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