Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Resources

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 Resources below:
Nonfiction books available in the Cedar Cliff Library
Suicide as a general topic is available at 362.28
When No One Understands: letters to a teenager life, loss and the hard road to adulthood --155.5 SACS
When Nothing Matters Anymore: a survival guide for depressed teens -- 616.8527 COB 
An Unquiet Mind--International authority on manic-depression tells the story of her own battle with the illness which revealed itself through episodes of violence, bouts of madness and attempts of suicide.  921 JAMISON
The Burn Journals--Presents the true story of Brent Runyon, who at fourteen set himself on fire and sustained burns over eighty percent of his body and describes the months of physical and mental rehabilitation that followed as he attempted to pull his life together. 921 RUNYON
Remembering Garrett: one families battle with a child's depression.  921 SMITH
Hannah--Biography of a woman who is living with mental illness, drug addiction, and suicidal tendencies.  921 WESTBERG
The Death of Jayson Porter--In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.  FIC ADO
Thirteen Reasons Why--High school student Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.  FIC ASH
I only said I didn't want you because I was terrified--Caught in a web of lies and believing that her father does not love her, fifteen-year-old Hannah hides her pregnancy from her parents, leaves her newborn baby on a church's steps, and tries to kill herself.  FIC BAN 
I only said "yes" so they'd like me--Melody has always felt isolated at school, thanks to the kids that bully her every day, until a suicide attempt sends her to a teen home where she learns how to love herself and what true beauty really is.  FIC BAN 
Last December--Tells the story--in the form of a suicide note from a teenaged boy to his unborn sister--of how a ninth-grader comes to accept his less than ideal life after witnessing the struggles of a friend with serious depression. FIC BEA
Pitch Black: color me lost--Her faith in God already wavering, seventeen-year-old Morgan Bergstrom is rocked by her friend Jason's suicide and enters into a suicide pact herself.  FIC CAR
Keep Holding On--Bullied at school and neglected by her poor, self-absorbed, single mother at home, high school junior Noelle finally reaches the breaking point after a classmate commits suicide . FIC COL
Into the Hurricane--Teenager Maxine is determined to scatter her father's ashes at the lighthouse on Shackles Island, off the coast of Louisiana because that is where she has good memories of him; Eli, haunted by the ghost of his older sister, is determined to end his own life where she died, on the rocks under the lighthouse--but neither Max or Eli counted on running into each other, or on Hurricane Celeste which is roaring toward the island.  FIC CON
HIgh Heat--When sophomore Shane Hunter's father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher's life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.  FIC DEU
Playlist for the Dead--After his best friend, Hayden, commits suicide, fifteen-year-old Sam is determined to find out why--using the clues in the playlist Hayden left for him.FIC FAL
I Was Here--In an attempt to understand why her best friend committed suicide, eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds retraces her dead friend's footsteps and makes some startling discoveries.  FIC FOR
Stay With Me--When her sister kills herself, sixteen-old Leila goes looking for a reason and, instead, discovers great love, her family's true history, and what her own place in it is.  FIC FRE
Lessons in Falling--A girl afraid to take risks since a gymanstic injury must take charge of her future after her best friend's failed suicide attempt stains her view of the world, the people in it, and her future . FIC GAL
Ordinary People--17 year old, Garrett must learn to adapt to life after spending almost a year in a mental institution after a suicide attempt.  He realizes that he will need to create a new normal for himself.  FIC GUE
The Last Time We Say Goodbye--After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.  FIC HAN 
And We Stay--Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.  FIC HUB
Moonglass--At age seven, Anna watched her mother walk into the surf and drown, but nine years later, when she moves with her father to the beach where her parents fell in love, she joins the cross-country team, makes new friends, and faces her guilt.  FIC KIR
Hold Still--Caitlin wrestles with her feelings of devastation and helplessness after her friend Ingrid commits suicide, and she turns to her family and newfound friends for help while encountering love, broadening her horizons, and using Ingrid's journal to heal.  FIC LAC
A Thousand Cuts--Detective Inspector Lucia May investigates the case of Samuel Szajkowski, a new history teacher who gunned down three students and a colleague before turning the weapon on himself, resisting her supervisor's pressure to make it an open-and-shut case as she uncovers a toxic school culture that contributed to the teacher's violent breakdown.  FIC LEL
Backlash--When Christian, a boy she knows only through Facebook, posts a lot of nasty comments on her page, fifteen-year-old Lara tries to kill herself--but that is only the beginning of the backlash for her sister, Sydney; her former friend Bree; and her classmates.  FIC LIT
Freewill--A teenager trying to recover from the tragic death of his father and stepmother believes himself to be responsible for the rash of teen suicides occurring in his town.  FIC LYN
All the Bright Places--Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another . FIC NIV
By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead--High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.  FIC PET
The Bell Jar--A semi-autobiograpical of a young woman's spiral into madness and desperate steps she needed to take to save herself. FIC PLA
 Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock--A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.  FIC QUI
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog--Sixteen-year-old Steve struggles to make sense of his mother's terminal breast cancer and his brother's suicide.  FIC RAP
What is Real--Seventeen-year-old Dex Pratt, blessed with an idyllic childhood until his parents' divorce, returns to his small hometown to live with his dad who has tried and failed to commit suicide, and is stunned to see how much everything has changed, especially with his father, who used to defend marijuana growers in his law practice, but has since become one of them.  FIC RIV
This Song Will Save Your Life--Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.  FIC SAL
More Happy Than Not--After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.  FIC SIL
The Memory of Light--When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.  FIC STO
Fall for Anything--Eddie Reeves's father commits suicide, and as she seeks for answers, she meets Culler Evans, a photographer and former student of her father's who may know the secret to her father's death.  FIC SUM
No Right Turn--After three years of wanting only to be invisible, sixteen-year-old Jordan begins to recover from his father's suicide and start living again when a neighbor's vintage Corvette Stingray opens up new possibilities for him.  FIC TRU
Just A Normal Tuesday--After sixteen-year-old Kai finds a suicide note from her sister, she spirals toward rock bottom, until her parents send her to a grief camp for teens.  FIC TUR
Trigger--Teenager Jersey Hatch must work through his extensive brain damage to figure out why he decided to shoot himself.  FIC VAU
My Heart and other Black Holes--Seventeen-year-old Aysel's hobby--planning her own death--takes a new path when she meets a boy who has a similar plan of his own . FIC WAR
The Waking Dark--After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it . FIC WAS
Falling Into Place--One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life . FIC ZHA
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