During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. Kristin experienced this misery, yet still managed to touch many lives and even in death continues to help others find help for their depression.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center was created to help those in crisis find help and hope immediately. The site and her story gives you a raw, personal glimpse into depression, and how it affects those around you. In addition, you will find the only clear, step-by-step path for you to follow out of the darkness. There is hope and you can feel happy again! If you need to speak with someone right now call: 1.800.442.HOPE
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Books

Healing the Hurt Spirit: Daily Affirmations for People Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide
by Catherine Greenleaf
Tired of blaming yourself for someone's suicide? Feel like you want to heal from suicide loss but don't know how? Wondering if you're the only one who feels rage, relief, confusion and sadness all at the same time? Hoping you'll find joy again but aren't quite sure if you will? Healing the Hurt Spirit speaks to survivors about the crucial stages of recovery from suicide loss, offering hope and peace of mind.


Suicide The Forever Decision: For Those Thinking About Suicide, and for Those Who Know, Love, or Counsel Them  by Paul G. Quinnett

This is a frank, compassionate book written to those who contemplate suicide as a way out of their situations. The author issues an invitation to life, helping people accept the imperfections of their lives, and opening eyes to the possibilities of love.

 

 


How to Heal Depression
by Harold H. Bloomfield M.D.
Peter McWilliams

The entire text of "How to Heal Depression" is available to read on the internet for free. Our approach to the treatment of depression is twofold. One is healing the brain, as current medical research points to biochemical imbalances in the brain as the seat of depression. The second is healing the mind-overcoming negative habits of thought and action which may cause, or be caused by, depression.


How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention  
by Susan Rose Blauner

For 18 years, Blauner survived obsessive suicidal thoughts with the help of three psychiatric hospitalizations, an excellent therapist, 12-step support groups, "spiritual exploration," Prozac and a network of family and friends. This personal account of what worked for her offers excellent practical advice to "teach you how to get through those excruciating moments when every cell in your brain and body is screaming, `I want to die!' " Approaching "suicidal thoughts" as an addiction, Blauner clearly explains how some people's "brain style" responds to environmental stresses or "triggers" with obsessive suicidal thoughts rather than cravings for alcohol or other drugs. Strongly influenced by the very successful 12-step model, she fashions a patchwork of strategies for understanding, preventing and treating suicidal "gestures," which she asserts are not actually attempts to die but efforts to stop unbearable psychological pain. Childhood sexual abuse and the death of her mother when she was 14 contributed to Blauner's long struggle, but she herself had to make the decision and effort to begin therapy at age 19, before her problem was even recognized or treated. Now Blauner provides others like herself with "Tricks of the Trade" that can literally save lives. With neither hollow platitudes nor medical doublespeak, she covers brain function, antidepressants, finding a good therapist, identifying triggers, creating a "Crisis Plan" for critical moments and heading off suicidal thoughts by coping with hunger, anger, loneliness and fatigue. Blauner provides an extremely valuable and much-needed tool for both suicidal thinkers and their loved ones.


The Angel and the Dragon: A Father's Search for Answers to His Son's Suicide
by Jonathan Aurthur

This book is equal parts tribute to the short life of the author's son and a guide for parents of troubled children. Aurthur's son, Charley, committed suicide at age 23 and in this introspective yet educational book, Aurthur explains how parents can heed warning signs from their own children to prevent a fate similar to Charley's. This is a valuable resource for parents of children with mental illness.  2002, Health Communications


The Beast: A Journey Through Depression
by Tracy Thompson

Investigative reporter Thompson tells her story of depression. Drawing on her journals from adolescence onward, Thompson details her emotional and mental history in brief impressionistic scenes, creating a mosaic of the human mind's emotional complexities. She educates the reader about depression which affects millions and costs the U.S. economy $43.7 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. The book gives hope of recovery from recurrent depression and provides tools that anyone can use.  1996, Plume Books


Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy
by Thomas Ellis and Cory Newman

In this book the authors teach proven therapy techniques while conveying a genuine concern and respect for the person struggling to stay alive. It provides clear and helpful information on the nature of depression and suicidal thinking and suggests strategies for dealing with various cognitive distortions. 
1996, New Harbinger


Comprehending Suicide: Landmarks in 20th Century Suicidology
by Edwin Shneidman

This book is a compendium of suicide research, offering readers a deeper and more practical understanding. Chapters reflect a wide range of points of view including historical, literary, sociological, biological, psychiatric, and psychological. Intended for specialists as well as general readers who have been touched in any way by suicide. 
2001, American Psychological Association


Healing After the Suicide Of a Loved One
by Ann Smolin

The survivor of a person who has ended his or her own life is left a painful legacy: grief, depression, guilt, rage, despair. Healing After the Suicide Of a Loved One steers the reader away from the torture of self-blame and points to the path of healing and recovery. Filled with case studies, valuable advice, resources, and a directory of suicide support groups nationwide, this valuable book lends the reader strength and hope to go on living. 
1993, Fireside


History of Suicide: Voluntary Death in Western Culture
by Georges Minois and Lydia Cochrane

Suicide was viewed as an honorable death in ancient times; by the high middle ages, however, the corpses of suicides were mutilated and buried in unconsecrated grounds. This book provides a timely chronicle tracing the evolution of societal attitudes toward suicide. 
2001, Johns Hopkins University Press

 


In the Wake of Suicide: Stories Of the People Left Behind
by Victoria Alexander

This book contains breathtaking stories of incredible power for anyone struggling to find the meaning in the suicidal death of a loved one. After author Victoria Alexander's mother took her life, she spent the next ten years collecting these stories from people like herself who have walked through one of life's most difficult journeys. The result is a beautifully written book of powerful, spellbinding stories told by those who were left behind. 
1998, Jossey-Bass


Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
by Kay R. Jamison

Best selling author Jamison, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explores the complex psychology of suicide, why it occurs and how it can be prevented. A courageous discussion of her own struggle with depression and the personal stories of many people who have committed suicide.   2000, Vintage

 


No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
by Carla Fine

In this comprehensive and well-written manual for suicide survivors, Fine offers advice for those recovering from the suicide of a marital partner, relative, or close friend. She provides insights into living beyond this tragedy, including dealing with feelings of guilt and anger, the stigma of suicide, and financial and legal problems, and she tells where to get help. She stresses that joining a peer support group is an important coping tool. 
1999, Main Street Books


On the Edge of Darkness: America's Most Celebrated Actors, Journalists, and Politicians Chronicle Their Most Arduous Journey
by Kathy Cronkite

Kathy Cronkite gives voice to dozens celebrated professionals who have endured – and conquered – the hopelessness of chronic depression. The book provides an overview of effective new treatments and the latest therapeutic options to lift the burden of depression. 
1995, Delta


The Savage God: A Study of Suicide
by A. Alvarez

In this cultural study Alvarez looks at suicide from the perspective of literature to see how and why “it colors the imaginative world of creative people.” Alvarez brings to his discussion of actual suicides and suicidal tendencies an uncommonly rich level of thinking, understanding, and compassion. 
1990, Norton

 


When Living Hurts: For Teenagers and Young Adults – A Lively What to Do Book for Yourself or Someone You Care About Who Feels Discouraged, Sad, or Lonely
by Sol Gordon

This book is directed at teenagers who may be feeling suicidal, as well as their friends and family. Gordon offers concrete and concise advice about how to deal with someone who is feeling depressed or suicidal. Gordon does not give general ideas of what to say or do; he states, “Say this, not that. Do this, not that.” Among the topics discussed which may cause depression are troubles with parents, loss of faith, sex and love worries, and troubles with peers. A list of crisis and suicide prevention hotlines nationwide is included. 



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