9780066211213

How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me

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  • ISBN13:

    9780066211213

  • ISBN10:

    0066211212

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-07-18
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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<p align="justify">An international epidemic, suicide has touched the lives of nearly half of all Americans, yet is rarely talked about openly. In this timely and important book, Susan Blauner breaks the silence to offer guidance and hope for those contemplating ending their lives -- and for their loved ones.</p><p align="justify">A survivor of multiple suicide attempts, Blauner eloquently describes the feelings and fantasies surrounding suicide. In a direct, nonjudgmental, and loving voice, she offers affirmations and suggestions for those experiencing life-ending thoughts, and for their friends and family. Here is an essential resource destined to be the classic guide on the subject.</p><ul type="disc"><li>Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the elderly, third among those aged 14-24, and eighth among all Americans. More than 30,000 Americans take their lives annually, and more than 650,000 Americans attempt suicide every year.</li><br><li>In August 2002, Blauner will participate in "Out of the Darkness," the largest ever public awareness event on the topic, in Washington, D.C.</li><br><li>A portion of the book's proceeds will go to the National Hopeline Network/National Suicide Hotline (1-800-SUICIDE).</li></ul>

Table of Contents

If you need immediate assistance, please call 1-800-784-2433 1-800-SUICIDE
So You Think You Want to Die?
Hello
3(4)
The Reality of Suicidal Fantasy
7(3)
Moderation and Time Limits
10(1)
Me
11(11)
Finding Life Essence
22(3)
Change (Arghhh) and Choices
25(4)
Outthinking Suicide
Breathing
29(3)
The Language of Suicide
32(5)
The Neuron Superhighway
37(5)
The Grim Reaper
42(3)
Brain Style
45(3)
Recognizing and Avoiding Triggers
48(4)
Stopping the Snowball
52(2)
Finding Relief
54(5)
Tricks of the Trade
Trick #1 Asking for Help
59(5)
Trick #2 Emergency Contacts
64(5)
Trick #3 A Crisis Plan
69(13)
Trick #4 Feelings
82(1)
Identifying Feelings
83(1)
Feelings Chart
84(2)
Feelings Galore List
86(3)
Tracing Feelings Back
89(4)
Stating a Feeling
93(1)
Trick #5 Feelings versus Facts
94(3)
Trick #6 The Brady Bunch Syndrome
97(2)
Trick #7 Spirituality, Nature, Meditation
99(1)
Spirituality
99(8)
Nature
107(6)
Meditation
113(5)
Trick #8 Acting as If
118(1)
Trick #9 Halt
119(1)
Hungry
120(6)
Angry
126(3)
Lonely
129(4)
Tired
133(4)
Trick #10 Keeping a Journal
137(4)
Trick #11 Tasks and Activities---Healthy Diversions
141(2)
Trick #12 The Telephone Lifeline and Phone Lists
143(2)
Trick #13 Contracts for Safety
145(4)
Trick #14 Brain Food
149(4)
Trick #15 Therapy
153(8)
Trick #16 Vitamin ``P''
161(4)
Trick #17 ``Oh, What a Beautiful Morning''-Sayings and Affirmations
165(6)
Trick #18 Mirror Work and Inner Dialoguing
171(4)
Trick #19 Service-Helping Others
175(4)
Trick #20 Movement and Exercise
179(5)
Trick #21 Sound and Color
184(1)
Sound
184(4)
Color
188(1)
Trick #22 Support Groups
189(2)
Trick #23 Structure
191(2)
Trick #24 Hospitalization
193(4)
Trick #25 What About an Afterlife?
197(6)
There is Hope! Letters From My Therapist, Family, and Friends Honesty
203(98)
Sylvia's Perspective
204(3)
A Brother's Walk on Eggshells
207(1)
Watching Her Husband, My Brother
208(1)
Like a Holiday from Adulthood
209(2)
God Doesn't Make Junk!
211(2)
Sue's Song
213(1)
Rich with Humanity, Hope, and Change
214(5)
Helping the Suicidal Thinker
Introduction
219(6)
Risk Factors and Warning Signs
225(6)
Suicide Facts and Statistics
231(2)
Words
What I Heard Versus What I Needed to Hear
233(5)
Delivery and Timing
238(3)
Expressing Your Feelings
241(2)
Acknowledging Their Pain
243(1)
Speaking from Love
244(2)
Beliefs
Secrets Are Deadly
246(3)
It's Okay to Talk About It
249(3)
It's a Family Challenge
252(2)
Change Is Possible
254(1)
Actions
Listening Well
255(3)
Respecting Boundaries while Taking Action
258(3)
Practicing Patience and Compassion
261(1)
Getting Educated and Finding Your Own Support
262(5)
Until we Meet Again
geese (a poem written by Christopher Brehl)
267(1)
I Recognize...
268(2)
Destiny
270(3)
Hotlines, Websites, and Other Resources
Hotlines and Suicide Prevention Organizations
273(1)
Crisis Hotlines
273(2)
Hotlines in Canada
275(1)
Organizations
276(15)
Organizations in Canada
291(1)
Twelve Step Organizations
292(1)
Book Lists
293(2)
Books Useful to Me
295(1)
General Works
296(1)
On Youth
297(1)
On the Elderly
298(1)
For Professionals
298(2)
For Survivors
300(1)
Notes 301(2)
Index 303

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