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Choosing to Live: Stories of Those Who Stepped Away from Suicide
Williams, Cliff
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2017-05-01 / 0398091714
Suicide / Crisis Intervention
price: $44.95
204 pages
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Choosing to Live contains stories about people who tried to commit suicide, told in their own words, based on the author’s interviews with them. Each story serves as a source of encouragement and speaks with a clear voice to all those who struggle with suicide to assure them that they are not alone. Choosing to Live is a must-read for individuals with suicidal feelings and for their relatives and friends who have suffered with them. Caregivers will gain new insights into the mental anguish that taunts individuals who battle the inner turmoil of facing each new day. The author believes that people crave to tell the story of their lives, even if it involves wanting to die. The names of the people involved have been changed, including identifying details, to preserve anonymity. Specific topics include: rejection, overwhelming stress, bullying, painful memories, teenage stresses, ups and downs, parental abuse, depression and anxiety, breakup of a significant relationship, lack of support, shame and addiction, dysfunctional relationships, and suicide of a parent. Choosing to Live provides a voice to those who have attempted suicide. It will serve as a valuable resource for psychiatrists, social workers, crisis counselors, clergy, medical practitioners, social welfare personnel, human service workers, and primary care providers.

Contents:

Foreword by David T. George, M.D.
Introduction

1. REJECTION
Harmony: “I Am a Mistake”

2. OVERWHELMING STRESS
Aleema: Raped, Sick, Fired
Drake: Alone in the Woods
Garrett: College Pressure, Gender Identity

3. BULLIED
Orlando: Raped by Classmates
Luke: Taunted and Everything Else
Hannah: Teased and Beat Up

4. NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Cara: Lost Identity
Dakota: Working on Self-Esteem

5. PAINFUL MEMORIES
Nolan: Haunted by the Death of a Child in War
Penny: A Slow Death
Louise: Trying Life in a Different Way

6. TEENAGE STRESSES
Pixie: Black Cloud of the Family
Nathan: “No, You Are Not Depressed!”
Rose: An Inner Strength

7. UPS AND DOWNS
Randy: Crashing Again and Again
Eva: In and Out of Hospitals

8. A STRANGE IMPULSE
Emilee: Eight Years Old

9. PARENTAL ABUSE
Robyn:?Like a Pack of Hyenas
Catherine:?Looking for a Normal Life

10. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Bryan: Lonely and Miserable
Aaron: Dreading Every Little Thing

11. BREAKUP OF A SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP
Theresa: “I Deserved to Die”
Mark: Losing Everyone

12. WANTING TO DIE, WANTING TO LOVE
Logan: Ambivalence

13. LACK OF SUPPORT
William: Estranged from Family
Marissa:?Feeling Abandoned

14. SHAME AND ADDICTION
Joseph: Using Drugs and Alcohol to Escape Shame

15. A DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP
Dese’Rae: Feeling Trapped

16. SUICIDE OF A PARENT
Anne: Searching for Herself

17. MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Kyle: Brain Injury
Edward: Emotional Disability
Olivia: Winter Gloom

18. IN HOSPICE AND DYING ANYWAY
Margarita: “Why Should I Keep Living”

19. FROM DESPAIR TO HOPE: TWELVE NEW VOICES

20. “WHEN I?WAS SUICIDAL”: TWENTY-ONE RESPONSES

21. HOW TO DEAL WITH SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL

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