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Survivors of Suicide

Robinson, Rita

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ISBN 10: 1564145573 / ISBN 13: 9781564145574
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Title: Survivors of Suicide

Publisher: New Page Books


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This revised edition goes into more detail about teen suicide and the help that is available. Survivors of Suicide also dispels the myths surrounding suicide, based on the latest research and interviews with leading medical experts, as well as with family and friends who have survived the suicide deaths of loved ones, and who offer support, knowledge, and comfort to other survivors. When people lose a loved one to suicide, they feel isolated, as if this has never happened to anyone else. But worldwide statistics on suicide tell a different story. Governments of several countries are making concerted efforts toward greater understanding of depression and suicide, leading to better preventive measures. The historical perspective on depression and suicide is nothing to be proud of, but the understanding today among health professionals, religious bodies, and enlightened citizenry, in itself, offers comfort to the bereaved.

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No one is ever prepared for suicide. Here are three useful and informative works for the loved ones and acquaintances of suicides and for those wanting to disabuse themselves of the many myths surrounding this once-taboo but now exigent subject. Lester (psychology, Richard Stockton State Coll.) has written a comprehensive summary of research findings for the general reader, complete with detailed bibliographic references. Its broad selection of 97 topics ranges from fundamental psychiatric issues to the influence of biorhythms on suicide. Wrobleski's book, in question-and-answer format like Lester's, is rather amorphous and the 85 answers somewhat cursory. Still, both the uninformed reader and those caregivers needing simplified advice for youth exhibiting suicidal behavior might welcome this style in contrast to Lester's more studious approach to many of the same questions. Neither Lester nor Wrobleski adequately discuss the most recent findings regarding biochemical indicators or the involvement of the neurotransmitter serotonin in suicidal behavior. Robinson's work is the most interesting of the three in that it personalizes many of the compelling and shadowy issues that remain after a suicide. The author, a journalist, discusses the warning signs of suicide, but her comments are principally addressed to those grieving in its aftermath. She succeeds in dispelling many of the misconceptions regarding the existence, causes, and outcome of suicide and in encouraging new coping mechanisms to turn grief into action. She also examines the religious and moral implications of suicide from several points of view.
- William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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