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Night Falls Fast by Kay Redfield Jamison
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May 06, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2002

If you have ever been close to someone who has completed suicide, please consider reading this book. This is the definitive book on suicide and examines the topic through many different lenses (personal, psychological, sociological, historical, legal etc) with expertise and care. Dr. Kay Jamison, who is the world's leading expert on bipolar disorder, and is also a multiple suicide attempt survivor herself, does an excellent job at examining the subject in an easily accessible manner.
I read this book about 2 years after a close friend completed suicide, and found that it helped me understand some things better, and helped to process the event. It's packed with information that really challenges you to think and look at the issue through a different angle/perspective. I think this book would also be helpful for people who are just in the wake of processing a recent suicide. It provides information that is comforting (although that may sound odd) for those who have recently lost someone, but also helps people finally process a suicide years after the fact.
If you ever have a chance to go hear Jamison speak, do so! She is a marvelous speaker and does and incredible job at explaining very clinical topics with passion and empathy. That combination of qualities is pretty rare in the field.
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