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The Best Book for Help for Suicide and Suicidal Thinking
When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide
This is the best book on the market for people struggling with thoughts of suicide. It is real, honest, and written by someone who has actually been suicidal instead of someone who has just studied about suicide.
This is the only, easy-to-read book I know of to help those who are acutely suicidal. It will help you get through today, tonight, or the next ten minutes. It is not a 'happy-in-six-months' book. These 110 pages are filled with tips and insights to help you through RIGHT NOW.
When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide by Angerona S. Love helps save lives.
What Happens in Your Brain When You Think "I Want to Die"
From the back cover of
When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide
"Delve inside the suicidal mind with a raw and naked look at Angerona Love's struggle to stay alive after the fatal suicide of her fiancÃ©. Love has broken the stigma with excerpts from her journal and an insightful perspective of ways she stayed alive when her own mind relentlessly wanted to kill her.
Helpful for people considering suicide, the people who love them, and mental health professionals, When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide provides increased understanding into the mind of someone battling suicide and offers tips to continue breathing when breathing no longer seems bearable."
Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - of When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide
As one of the only books out there that talks frankly about being suicidal and how to last through the night when suicide roars in your head, this is a must-have book for anyone struggling with suicide or depression. There are a lot of "cure your depression" books out there, but nothing addresses the acute moments of suicide or offers so many tips to stay alive.
Angerona Love offers hope, inspiration, and life in this short, 110-page, easy-to-read book. Reading is hard when depressed and cognitively hurting. This book makes it easy to get help with its simple but beautiful language and insightful understanding of how much it hurts to be overcome by thoughts of suicide.
Mental health professionals will also benefit from reading this book and recommending it to their clients. They cannot always be available 24/7, and this book can be a valuable tool for clients to make it through the rougher times.
This book is also available for Kindle and a pdf version is available for immediate download at the author's website.
Praise for When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide
From one of the nation's leading psychiatrists:
"An incredibly invaluable resource providing important and practical management tools for people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide, a must-read book."
- Dr. Suresh Rajpara, Chief Medical Officer, Oakwook Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc., named one of America's Top Psychiatrists for 2009 by the Consumer's Research Council of America
From well-known author, speaker, and aunt of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain:
"If you are troubled with thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, this book is filled with insights, understanding, and practical ideas to relieve your suffering. I highly recommend When Darkness Comes: Saying "No" to Suicide as a way to find the light."
- Bev Cobain, www.LivingMatters.com, author, When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens, (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006), and Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide, (Hazelden, 2006)
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Strengths and Weaknesses
The book is very real. Obviously the author has traveled this journey and that makes this book much more credible and helpful than others I've read that were more theory or academic. It offers actual tips, such as, "To stay alive tonight..." instead of preaching not to kill yourself.
I also like the style. The writing style, while somewhat lyrical, isn't too difficult for someone who is suicidal to read. It's hard to read when you feel badly, and this book is accessible because of the writing style and short chapters. There are only two longer chapters in the whole thing, and they are interesting enough that they don't become too difficult either.
The book is touching. It helps people feel that they can make it through this too. They aren't alone. Suicidal people often really isolate themselves, and to feel you have an ally who understands you is powerful medicine.
I was left wanting more. While I understand that everyone has a turning point and uphill climb from suicidal thinking, the book ended before I was ready for it to. I want to know more about what to do long-term, even though I know that isn't this book's purpose. I would also like a resources section in the back with websites and other places to go for help. I think that would have been a solid addition to the book.
On the whole, I think this is the best book out there for people who are suicidal. It fills an important gap and can help a lot of people.