Christine Yu Moutier, Anthony R. Pisani, et al.$38.49
A concise and user-friendly overview of suicide prevention science and clinical care. Great for those new to the field and those who want the latest updates. Great for a course textbook.
Jenny Lawson$18.99 $17.66
This hilarious, poignant, and thoughtful memoir describes the author’s journey with mental and physical illness. While suicide is not the primary focus of the book, managing suicidal thoughts does occur throughout the book. I find this book validating, comforting, and a reminder that life can be beautiful in the midst of illness even though it might not be easy.
No list of texts on suicide would be complete without the writing of Edwin Shneidman, a key figure in suicidology and in many ways the founder of the field.
This is a textbook I recommend for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in suicide prevention research. It is a very useful overview of epidemiology, assessment, treatment, and prevention across the lifespan within a global perspective.
The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors
Shawn Christopher Shea$35.00
This is a book I recommend to more advanced trainees in psychology and psychiatry who want to learn techniques for the words to use in suicide risk assessments.
Alec L. Miller, Jill H Rathus, et al.$51.75
This is the text I used when training in DBT as I was lucky enough to train with Dr. Miller. Even for those not working with adolescents, this book is an excellent resource for learning and implementing DBT with patients of all ages.
Alexander L Chapman$36.80
While this book is focused on phone coaching in the context of providing comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), it is applicable to the treatment of all patients with suicidal thoughts. Phone coaching can be one of the most challenging skills to master as a therapist and this book is akin to a master class with an expert therapist.
Shireen L. Rizvi$36.80
This practical book helps clinicians master one of the most challenging techniques in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)--chain analysis. Given the essential role of chain analysis in providing DBT, and that DBT has a strong evidence-base for preventing suicide attempts, mastering this technique is essential for psychotherapists who work with suicidal patients. For those unable to receive intensive training in DBT, and for those who have but want a refresher, this book is a gift. I use it when teaching psychology trainees and recommend it for new and experienced DBT clinicians alike!
The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook: CBT Skills to Reduce Emotional Pain, Increase Hope, and Prevent Suicide
Kathryn Hope Gordon$21.95 $20.41
This workbook is a wonderful resource for individuals who are coping with suicidal thoughts, either to work through with a therapist or to supplement professional help. It is also very useful for loved ones of individuals who are coping with suicidal thoughts. Finally, therapists may benefit from reading this book and incorporating its cognitive behavioral strategies for managing and reducing suicidal thoughts into their practice.
Written by a wise, compassionate, and highly skilled clinician, educator, and expert in suicide prevention, this book provides practical guidance for clinicians in their work with suicidal patients. Dr. Freedenthal has also shared and written about her lived experiences with suicidal thoughts, which provides a rich context for appreciating her work.
Thomas Joiner$24.00 $22.32
Information in this book is useful for anyone working in the field of suicide prevention, including in clinical or policy settings. The book is written by a leading scientist in suicide prevention, Dr. Thomas Joiner, who I was lucky enough to study with in graduate school. This book contains the clinical wisdom and key research findings that his students learn from him, but accessible to all!
Thomas Joiner$26.00 $24.18
This was the first book I read in graduate school, written by my mentor, Dr. Thomas Joiner. It is useful for researchers, clinicians, and policy makers in suicide prevention, as well as the general public who want to know more about the causes of suicide. Some survivors of suicide (those who lost loved ones to suicide) have also found this book to be helpful when they wanted to better understand suicide in order to process their loss.