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Suicide

Understanding and Ending a National Tragedy

John Bateson

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An urgent call to action on a rising—and preventable—trend.

Each year in the United States alone, nearly 50,000 individuals die by suicide; more than 1.2 million others attempt it. John Bateson, former executive director of a suicide prevention center, examines this national tragedy from multiple angles while debunking common myths, sharing demographic data, and identifying risk factors and warning signs. Suicide provides essential information about the current landscape surrounding suicide in the United States as well as strategies to prevent further tragedy.

Bateson emphasizes that the rise in...

An urgent call to action on a rising—and preventable—trend.

Each year in the United States alone, nearly 50,000 individuals die by suicide; more than 1.2 million others attempt it. John Bateson, former executive director of a suicide prevention center, examines this national tragedy from multiple angles while debunking common myths, sharing demographic data, and identifying risk factors and warning signs. Suicide provides essential information about the current landscape surrounding suicide in the United States as well as strategies to prevent further tragedy.

Bateson emphasizes that the rise in suicide and attempted suicide is not only a mental health issue affecting individuals but also an urgent problem for society at large. He discusses suicide in parks, prisons, and the military, as well as assisted suicide, suicide by cop, and murder-suicide. In particular, he details the stark relationship among guns, drugs, jump sites, and suicide, focusing on one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide—restricting access to lethal means. In addition to presenting practical information for identifying people at risk of suicide, Bateson details important steps that individuals, businesses, and the government can take to end this public health problem.

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John Bateson reaches beyond traditional approaches and perspectives, weaving a compelling case that America's suicide problem cannot be meaningfully changed without challenging public policies that fuel easy access to lethal means and stigma. This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to make a difference and see the kind of changes that will literally save lives.

At last, John Bateson shows us how to end suicide. Tackle suicide as a public health problem, not an individual psychiatric weakness, a sin, or even a crime. Tired of the stigma, shame, and failed prevention efforts surrounding suicide? Then follow Bateson's roadmap to a zero-suicide future.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Understanding Suicide
1. Fiction vs. Fact
2. The Proverbial Question
3. By the Numbers
4. Special Situations
5. Talking to a Suicidal Person
Part II: Restricting Access to Lethal Means
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Introduction
Part I: Understanding Suicide
1. Fiction vs. Fact
2. The Proverbial Question
3. By the Numbers
4. Special Situations
5. Talking to a Suicidal Person
Part II: Restricting Access to Lethal Means
6. Guns and Suicide
7. Drugs and Suicide
8. Jump Sites and Suicide
9. Success Story
10. Ending Suicide
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Resources
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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John Bateson

John Bateson was executive director of a nationally certified crisis intervention and suicide prevention center for 16 years. He also was executive director of three university counseling centers and deputy director of a multicounty social service agency. He served on the steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline) and was appointed to a...