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Survivors of suicide
Robinson, Rita.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Franklin Lakes, N.J. : New Page Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
203 pages ; 21 cm
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HV6545 .R58 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Identifies warning signs of possible suicidal behavior, shares the experiences of people whose loved ones committed suicide, and offers advice on suicide prevention.

Author Notes

Rita Robinson is a former health and psychology reporter and is now a freelance writer having authored numerous articles in magazines like Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, Let's Live, Men's Fitness, and many more. She has written nine books on health, life-style, psychology, and care giving. She has appeared on radio and TV, and she conducts workshops and classes based on her books

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The foreword's author says "You will need [this book] if: you have lost someone through suicide; someone you know has tried to kill themselves; you have contemplated suicide yourself; a friend, relative, or acquaintance is a survivor of suicide [i.e., one who has experienced another's suicide]; [or] you are a counselor, clergyperson, or mental health professional." For its value as a social-awareness instrument, however, it could be recommended to anyone. The firsthand experiences it relates may bring a tear, but they are somehow uplifting and inspiring rather than depressing. Also discussed are historical and current religious views of suicide, historical perspectives and myths about it, means of confronting depression, and suicide prevention. --Richard Mills

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 13
Introductionp. 15
Chapter 1 The Impact, Shock, Grief, and Guiltp. 23
Grief of suicide may be differentp. 23
Many don't know what to sayp. 25
The unanswered "why?"p. 25
It is normal to grievep. 28
Dealing with insensitive peoplep. 31
Survivors of suicide recoverp. 32
Fears associated with suicidep. 33
The need to grievep. 34
How children grievep. 36
Overcoming depression in griefp. 37
Thoughts of suicidep. 38
The blame gamep. 39
Carrying the griefp. 41
Allow others to share the griefp. 42
Letting gop. 44
Chapter 2 Survivors Speak Outp. 47
Chapter 3 Suicide Mythsp. 75
We're all affected by suicidep. 76
Placing blamep. 79
The mythsp. 79
Chapter 4 Who Commits Suicide?p. 101
Certain groups are at higher riskp. 103
Chapter 5 Confronting Depressionp. 115
What is depression?p. 118
Depression is not normal in the elderlyp. 122
How a depressed brain reactsp. 122
Physical illness and depressionp. 124
Getting helpp. 126
Chapter 6 Historical Perspectivesp. 135
Religion and historyp. 136
Changes in attitudep. 139
Beginnings of a new approachp. 139
The role of societies in suicidep. 141
Changes in help for the survivorsp. 142
Taboosp. 143
Ethics, euthanasia, and technologyp. 143
Chapter 7 Religious Perspectivesp. 147
Jewish traditionp. 148
Christian traditionp. 150
Buddhist traditionp. 155
Islamic traditionp. 157
Hindu traditionp. 159
Chapter 8 Preventing Suicidep. 163
Dealing with the painp. 164
Friendshipp. 166
Stages of suicidep. 169
Strengths for suicide preventionp. 169
Suicide warning signsp. 170
The role of guns in suicidep. 171
Prevention targets all areas of societyp. 172
The goalsp. 175
Chapter Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 191
Resourcesp. 193
Indexp. 199
About the Authorp. 203