Tuesday, September 10, 2013

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you are feeling suicidal, please call 1-800-273-TALK. Check out the Suicide Prevention Lifeline website for ideas and ways to help prevent suicide.


The Perks of Being a Wallflowerby Stephen Chbosky. Told in a series of letter to an unnamed friend, sensitive Charlie is struggling after a friend commits suicide and he witnesses something awful. With the help of some upper-classmen friends, he discovers the staples of alterna-teen high school--The Smiths, Rocky Horror, and makes the best mixtape ever.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. After Hannah commits suicide, she sends Clay, and twelve other people, a box of cassettes detailing her story and the reasons why she ended it.

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. At Aspen Springs, three teens who attempted suicide meet and tell their stories as they begin to recover.


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Today Leonard Peacock will give goodbye gifts to four people he cares about, and then he will kill his ex-best friend, and then himself.

By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. After a life-time of bullying, Daelyn has tried to kill herself several times. This time, she'll do it right, she even has the support of the community on a "completers" website.

Karma by Cathy Ostlere. In 1984, Maya's Hindu mother commits suicide. Her Sikh father takes Maya and her mother's ashes from their Canadian home to India. Shortly after they arrive, Indira Ghandi is gunned down by her Sikh body guards. The country erupts into Hindu/Sikh violence. Maya is separated from her father and has to depend on the kindness of strangers to survive.


You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn. Laura was perfect and Miles has always felt like she was in her shadow. When Laura commits suicide, Miles's world falls apart and she can't handle it, until she starts to contemplate Laura's choices.

Hush by Eishes Cahill. Six years ago, when they were 11, Gittel's best friend Devory committed suicide. As Gittel prepares for her marriage, she realizes what happened to make Devory chose that option and fights to tell the truth, even if her insulated Chassidic community won't listen.

The Program by Suzanne Young. To curb the suicide epidemic, any teen showing signs of sadness is sent to The Program. It'll cure them, but only after erasing all sad memories. Sloane wants to keep the memories of her dead brother, even if they cause her pain, so she fights to keep her true feelings hidden, so they won't be erased.

What books would you recommend on suicide?

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