How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention

How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention

Susan Rose Blauner

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0060936215

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The statistics on suicide are staggering. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 1997 in the USA more teenagers and young adults died from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined. It is also an international epidemic.

Susan Blauner is the perfect emissary for a message of hope and a program of action for these millions of people. She's been though it, and speaks and writes eloquently about feelings and fantasies surrounding suicide.

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reaction.” After my 1992 suicide gesture, Sylvia was nearly fired by my father. In retrospect, I can see how frustrating it must have been for my family to watch me stay in therapy with her for several years and wind up back in the psych ward again and again. I know now that it was me who didn’t keep up my end of the bargain, not her. My father asked me to get a second opinion from an outside psychiatrist to see whether Sylvia should be replaced or if I needed long-term care. Sylvia prepared a

employee has done a great job assisting me; offering a wide smile to people on the sidewalk; putting coins in an expired parking meter. Some of these activities are quick. If you need to occupy your mind for a longer stretch, choose something simple that takes more time, like visiting dogs and cats at the animal shelter, volunteering to shelve books at the library, collecting litter on the beach or in the park, or helping distribute food at a food pantry. Doing for someone else exactly what

the years to come. Congratulations, Sue. Love, Roberto XO P.S.: Teedent! —SUBMITTED BY MY BROTHER BOB, NOVEMBER 2000 Watching Her Husband, My Brother Okay, Sue, here it is. I’ve read it over, and it is a little painful. Isn’t it hard for you to read these? To the best of my recollection, this is how I felt. I’m writing this as an extended family member who was affected by your suicide attempts and depression. I am married to your brother and am aware of the close bond you

own self-awareness and our honest relationship, I knew we would talk openly, and although I was afraid of her reaction, I knew I was safe. Her entire letter is printed in part 4. Quality outshines quantity. More important than the quantity of time you are available for the suicidal thinker is the quality of the support you offer. Much of this book deals with stress management. One of the best ways to help the suicidal thinker is to work on your own stress management skills. By finding healthy

determination, and resilience. Visit www.AuthorTracker.com for exclusive information on your favorite HarperCollins author. Copyright The author and publisher gratefully acknowledge permission to use selections and information from the following copyrighted materials: The Suicidal Mind by Dr. Edwin S. Shneidman. Oxford University Press, 1996. Reprinted with the permission of Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises, Inc., 251 Central Park West, New York, NY10024. Definition of

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