An international epidemic, suicide has touched the lives of nearly half of all Americans, yet is rarely talked about openly. In this timely and important book, Susan Blauner breaks the silence to offer guidance and hope for those contemplating ending their lives — and for their loved ones.A survivor of multiple suicide attempts, Blauner eloquently describes the feelings and fantasies surrounding suicide. In a direct, nonjudgmental, and loving voice, she offers affirmations and suggestions for those experiencing life-ending thoughts, and for their friends and family. Here is an essential resource destined to be the classic guide on the subject.Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the elderly, third among those aged 14-24, and eighth among all Americans. More than 30,000 Americans take their lives annually, and more than 650,000 Americans attempt suicide every year.
Step Back from the Exit: 45 Reasons to Say No to Suicide
Suicide rates continue to rise. Assisted suicides continue to grab headlines. Why shouldn’t we call it quits when the world is a painful place and the future seems non-existent? Direct, practical, accepting, at times humorous–this book offers support for those facing the blind alleys, bottomless pits, and concrete barriers of life. Arising from the author’s struggle with suicidal thoughts, these 45 short essays range in diversity from Marilyn Monroe to William Styron, from guilt to vitamins, and from bad manners to bad genes. While acknowledging the depth of pain that brings people to consider suicide, this book asks them to wait. The format is easy to read wherever opened, intelligent, yet fitting to a short attention span. When someone can’t imagine one reason, this book offers 45. Additionally, the rare glimpse into this other world has helped physicians, counselors, police, teachers, chaplains, family, and friends further understand the suicidal psyche.
Many of us have experienced social stigma at some time in our lives: we may have been ridiculed because of our religion, our ethnic group, our race, or our gender. But what exactly is stigma and how does it come about? What is it in human nature that leads us to label some people as insiders and isolate others as outsiders? How do we choose some members of our society for special, often cruel treatment–and why do we do it? If we could understand and acknowledge the individual and social underpinnings of stigmatization, would we as a society choose to reduce or eliminate its negative effects?
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