How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention
The statistics on suicide are staggering. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 1997 in the USA more teenagers and young adults died from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined. It is also an international epidemic.
Susan Blauner is the perfect emissary for a m...more
If you are clinically depressed and/or an atheist, probably skip this one.
On the jacket of the hardcover, Susan Rose Blauner writes, “I searched for a book like this, but found none, so I wrote one.” The first edition was printed in 2002, when there were few books about suicide. What was available lacked a story of recovery, and Ms. Blauner filled that void. Making oneself vulnerable by writing about one’s own suicidal thinking takes courage. ...more
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I actually think that this worked better for me as there is a lot to take in with the book. I think that the title is fantastic because for me that is exactly how I felt, kinda stuck in a place where I was in a lot of emotional pain but didn't really want to die but because I couldn't see a way out it became my only option.
It was nice to see that someone ...more
When I ran across the title of this book it struck me and I thought there would be some valuable information I could use professionally while working with clients during volatile moments.
I'm on the fence.
The author does outline many good coping strategies and there is valuable tools here really for anyone and everyone.
On the other hand, the author is marketing this to people fighting suicidal ideati ...more
how many suicidal people are willing to pick up a book tho? not many i would hazard. there's valuable advice in here regarding making crisis plans and how to communicate your feels but it's not like you can just give this book to someone.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever thought of suicide. I have been troubled by my own suicide ideation and always felt confused about why it keeps happening. This book explains everything that I needed to know about my problem. It gives advice on how to communicate with a suicidal person. It also provides a lot of suicide preventing resources.
Susan Rose Blauner gives a simple step by step guide of suicide prevention. where i compare it to a book of learning how to play an instrument. you just need practice. being that Susan was also attempting suicide was the fact that this book was very well built on the main idea and what the book was trying to achieve. Blauner succeeds in rescuing the reader with exercise that makes them reali ...more
It offers supportive, empathetic, and helpful tools for dealing with your suicidal feelings (or for helping someone experiencing them).