When It Is Darkest Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent Itby O'Connor, Rory
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When you are faced with the unthinkable, this is the book you can turn to.
Suicide is baffling and devastating in equal measures, and it can affect any one of us: one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Yet despite the scale of the devastation, for family members and friends, suicide is still poorly understood.
Drawing on decades of work in the field of suicide prevention and research, and having been bereaved by suicide twice, Professor O’Connor is here to help. This book will untangle the complex reasons behind suicide and dispel any unhelpful myths. For those trying to help someone vulnerable, it will provide indispensable advice on communication, stressing the importance of listening to fears and anxieties without judgment. And for those who are struggling to get through the tragedy of suicide, it will help you find strength in the darkest of places.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Suicide: An Overview 15
1 The How, Who and When of Suicide 17
2 What Suicidal Pain Feels Like 35
3 Myths and Misunderstandings 47
Part 2 Suicide Is More About Ending the Pain Than Wanting To Die 65
4 Making Sense of a Suicide 67
5 What Suicide is Not 79
6 Towards An Integrated Understanding of Suicide 87
7 The Integrated Motivational–Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour 101
8 Crossing the Precipice: From Thoughts of Suicide to Suicidal Behaviour 141
Part 3 What Works to Keep People Who Are Suicidal Safe 185
9 Brief Contact Interventions 187
10 Safety Planning 193
11 Longer-Term Interventions 213
Part 4 Supporting People Who Are Vulnerable to Suicide or Bereaved by Suicide 227
12 Asking People About Suicide 229
13 Supporting Those Who Are Suicidal 241
14 Surviving the Aftermath of Suicide 259
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