If you have lost a loved one to suicide:
For information on a Suicide Survivors support group in your area call
American Association of Suicidology
Found this website about what suicide does to those left behind. I hope it makes people who are considering suicide think.
A website primarily for men who are suffering from depression or are suicidal: www.theblackdog.net
here is the ultimate of ultimate LINKS- there are over 25 links in this site, all dealing with SOS ( i think this is a good link to keep, for everyone that comes here) http://www.healthfind.org/Health/Men...SupportGroups/
here is yahoo’s SOS http://groups.yahoo.com/group/surviv...1?viscount=100
this has a chat but you will have to sign up to be a member, http://www.survivorsofsuicide.com/questions.html
here is a link to a SOS message board from ICQ http://web.icq.com/groups/group_details?gid=1491880
recommends this new book:
after daniel A Suicide Survivor's Tale by moira farr
Moira Farr discovered Daniel Jones' body on Valentine's Day, 1994. Struggling with deep depression, he had killed himself using a method clearly outlined in the bestselling book Final Exit. Six years later, in an account both deeply personal and thoughtfully political, Farr reflects on Daniel's suicide and its consequences. After Daniel is not a sensational tell-all, a self-help book on grieving, or an academic review of suicide theories. It is one woman's story - beautifully, lyrically told - of her own experiences and her realization that answers come both from within and from looking at suicide in a wider social context. After Daniel reaches beyond suicide survivors to all those who embrace the sacredness of life and love.
My Son....My Son...... by Iris Bolton
This is the story of Iris Boltons journey through the grief of losing her son Mitch to suicide. She was the Director of The Link Counselor Center at the time of his death.
It is a profoundly moving book...she dares us to grieve and challenges us to survive. It is a gift of hope for those of us left behind.
SUICIDE, The Forever Decision by Paul Quinnett
This book is written for people who are thinking about killing themselves and for those people who know, love, or counsel them.
It is written in the style of him as the counseler he is....having a conversation with you about staying alive.
Silent Grief by Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden
This is an important book about healing. A practical book about coming to terms with the silence that follows suicide...and how that silence is the enemy. How survivors must be willing to talk about it and to find someone who will listen. They must understand that both talking and listening requires a certain amt. of skill, a skill that can be acquired; and they must learn to respond. To respond means to take charge of ones life....to grow.
Night Falls Fast Understanding Suicide
by Kay Redfield Jamison
Kay Jamison's strength is in the gutsy way she has made her disease (she is bi polar) her life's work. She has a brilliant ability to convey the joys and anguish of manic-depression. This is a beautifully written book.
His Bright Light by Danielle Steel
This is the true story of her son Nick Traina who struggled with bi polar illness.
Perhaps only a writer of this distinction could convery what it is like to try to cope with a chld with a severe psychiatric disorder...this is a book about what we can do...as parents, as physicians, as human beings.
This is a haunting book...a gripping memoir of a son lost.
No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine
Carla Fine brings suicide survial from the darkness into the light, speaking frankly and with compassion about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Drawing on her own experience and the experiences of the many other survivors with whom she has spoken.
Survivors will find much comfort in these pages...Ms.Fine reassures readers that they are not alone.