Preventing tragedy, finding peace

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ASK & Prevent Suicide
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This suicide prevention information was collected by Mental Health America of Texas, under the Texas Youth Suicide Prevention Project, funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services and SAMHSA. This application was developed [in part] under a grant number SM059174 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.




Why Suicide?: Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know 
Eric Marcus
ISBN: 978-0062003911

In a completely revised and updated edition of the landmark original WHY SUICIDE?, Eric Marcus offers thoughtful answers to scores of questions about this complex, painful issue from how to recognize the signs of someone who is suicidal to strategies for coping in the aftermath of a loved one’s death.

Drawing from his own experience, as well as interviews with people who have been touched by suicide, Eric Marcus cuts through the veil of silence and misunderstanding to bring clarity, reassurance, and comfort to those who so desperately need it.



Shedding Light on the Darkness, Dealing with the Issues of Suicide 
J. Michael Smith, Beverly Smith & Kelly Solheim
ISBN: 978-1469998398

This work was produced from genuine concern. It is intended to give hope, insight, support and healing to those who have been touched by suicide. My main goal is to aid in suicide prevention through enabling the reader to identify, help and save both those who are contemplating suicide and those who are likely to ponder it in the future.



Finding Peace Without All The Pieces: After a Loved One’s Suicide 
LaRita Archibald
ISBN: 978-0615611860

By addressing the concept of ‘choice’ and the impact of religious beliefs, misconceptions and age-old bias LaRita helps uncover layers of cultural influence that often create barriers to healing. She shares anecdotes of military suicide loss, the compounded tragedy of murder/suicide and multiple suicide loss and how those left behind gained the strength to work through the extreme circumstance of their tragedies. She offers practical advice for protecting the marriage after a child’s suicide, for meeting needs of bereaved children and for taking care of one’s physical, emotional and spiritual self during acute grief. She acknowledges the evolvement of a ‘new normal’; the adjustments to the physical and social environment suicide grievers must make to live beyond the death of the one who died and, as well, to live with the fact of suicide as the cause of the death. LaRita offers the reader suggestions for moving from being a victim to a survivor, and eventually, a ‘thriver’.


Web Links

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or text to 838255. Has support for the hearing-impaired.

La Crosse Suicide Prevention Information from CDC,, MedlinePlus, NIH, National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


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