Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

by Earl A. Grollman


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Provides information on suicide statistics and gives advice on how to recognize the warning signs of a potential suicide attempt, how to intervene when a suicide has been attempted, and how to comfort families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. This updated and expanded edition contains a discussion of euthanasia and living wills and a list of crisis centers around the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807027073
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/02/1988
Edition description: REV
Pages: 151
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Earl A. Grollman, a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for 36 years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has frequently addressed support groups such as The Compassionate Friends and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He has also appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He was featured on National Public Radio's The End of Life: Exploring Death in America series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement.

He is the author of several books including Living When a Loved One Has Died, Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers, and Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide.

Table of Contents

1Suicide: The Problem1
Suicide Could Happen to You
What Is Suicide?
Indirect Suicide
Drug Abuse
Other Forms of Subintentioned Suicide
2Views on Suicide throughout History13
Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Later Cultures
Japanese Religious Faiths
3Suicide: The Theorists27
Sigmund Freud
Karl Menninger
Alfred Adler
Carl Jung
James Hillman
Harry Stack Sullivan
Karen Horney
Emile Durkheim
Norman L. Faberow
Edwin S. Schneidman
A. Alvarez
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
4Suicide: The Social Context35
Economic Conditions
Male and Female
Marital Status
Middle Age
The Elderly
Cities and Neighborhoods
War and Peace
Time of Year
Media and Cluster Suicides
Jail Suicides
5Clues to Suicide: Prevention62
The Suicide Attempt
The Suicide Threat
The Situational Hint
The Family Hint
The Emotional Hint
Behavioral Hints
Mental Illness
Those Most Susceptible to Suicide
6Helping the Potential Suicide: Intervention76
The Attitude of the Helper
The Helper as Moralizer
What You Can Do to Help
7When Suicide Is Committed: Postvention88
The Grieving Process
Accept Your Grief
When to Seek Professional Help
The Funeral
Children Grieve, Too
Recovering from Grief
Helping Survivor-Victims
Withdrawal and Return
8Euthanasia: Killing and Letting Die105
Euthanasia: What It Is
The Living Will
Passive Euthanasia
Active Euthanasia
The Right to Suicide
9A Summons for Community Action112
Making Death Come Alive
Making Suicide More Understandable
The Suicide Prevention Center
Help for Families of Suicide
For More Information
Suicide Prevention/Crisis Intervention Centers in the United States

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