John Bateson

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For 16 years I was executive director of a nationally-certified crisis intervention and suicide prevention center in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have also been executive director of three university-run counseling centers and assistant director of a two-county social service agency. Three of my books--"The Last and Greatest Battle" (Oxford University Press, 2015), "The Final Leap" (University of California Press, 2012), and "Building Hope" (Praeger Press, 2008)--are related to this work. My latest book, "The Education of a Coroner," just came out in August 2017 from Scribner.

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“In the United States, 40,000 people die by suicide every year. By comparison, there are 18,000 homicides in the country annually.”
John Bateson, The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death

“Many coroners are licensed physicians who have no training in forensics, while in hundreds of communities across the country—including Marin County—the coroner isn’t required to have any medical training at all, much less a medical degree. He or she just needs to have a clean record, meaning no felony convictions, be twenty-one or older, and have a high school diploma. Some counties don’t even require that, however. One county in Indiana elected a coroner who was eighteen and still in high school.”
John Bateson, The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death

“The answer to these questions is tied to the public's attitude about suicide. For many people, suicide is morally reprehensible. It's against their religion, or against their culture, or contrary to their personal values. Like other unpleasant subjects - incest, disease, discrimination - it's avoided.”
John Bateson, The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge

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