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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, compassionate and clinically useful, 18 May 2009
This review is from: Why People Die by Suicide (Paperback)
Professor Joiner has successfully used the experience of his father's suicide to provide a personal and compassionate framework onto which to hang an accessible and compelling academic model for why people die by suicide.

Well written and wide reaching in scope, learning and reference this book provides insight into the minds of those who die by suicide and proposes a model for mapping and assessing the factors that contribute to suicide.

It is academically vigorous and clinically useful. For the clinician it provides many original ideas and aids to the management of suicidal and peri-suicidal people and risk assessment is addressed. My own clinical practice has been challenged and changed by this book.

It would be, by increasing understanding, perhaps, comforting to the layperson seeking to grieve a loved one who died by suicide. As someone affected personally and professionally by suicide I certainly found it to be so.

Hopefully, by addressing the misconceptions that surround suicide and challenging stereotypical responses, (Such as suicide is cowardly act) this book will help to de-stigmatise the subject and the people affected by it.

I whole heartedly recommend this book and commend Professor Joiner for writing it, it must have been a hard book to write. I have no doubt that this book will help many.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2011 19:46:08 GMT
Yeah, the whole suicide act is a cowardly act is bs. I once read about a person who tied his head to a tree, got in his car, and drove off! Hardly the kind of things cowards do! Suicide takes a lot of courage, not just for the pain entailed, but because of the almost preternatural exertion involved in overcoming our species' fear of death. It's just scapegoating people who are dead really and depriving the suicide of dignity because of the species' inability to accept that one of the preponderant reasons why people top themselves, is to get away from the human race and people who spout such nonsense! As soon as someone kills themselves, there's always the same stigmatising labels, such as characterising the act as 'irrational' , 'insane' or 'selfish'. Tissers. Dwads.
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