September 6 – 12, 2015, is National Suicide Prevention Week. Check out the resources below dealing with Suicide Awareness and Prevention and also novels centered on the topic.
Books dealing with Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Suicide and Mental Health by Rudy Nydegger
Delving into a topic of perennial interest and concern, particularly among teenagers, this important volume addresses the full range of issues relative to suicide and suggests ways to help those who struggle.
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja
YA 302.343 PAT
Teens everywhere deal with cyberbullying – whether they are targeted themselves, have bullied others, or simply know it happens around them. This book speaks directly to those teens about what they can do to prevent and respond to cyberbullying. It provides them with numerous peer anecdotes and strategies they can use to make their schools, and communities, places where cyberbullying simply doesn’t happen.
The Power to Prevent Suicide: a Guide for Teens Helping Teens by Richard E. Nelson & Judith C. Galas
YA 362.287 NEL
When teens consider suicide, they often tell other teens-if not always directly, then in other ways. This book spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they’re feeling stressed or depressed.
Novels where characters deal with Suicide
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
YA ASHER, J.
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
YA NIVEN, J.
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.
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
YA ZHANG, A.
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.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
YA WARGA, J.
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution–Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
YA QUICK, M.
A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.