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- Why Prevention Fails, and How We Can Do Better
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- Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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An examination of how suicide prevention efforts largely fail due to the mistaken assumption that greater mental health awareness is the key to saving lives.
Rethinking Suicide is a critical examination of what we think we know about suicide, with particular focus on the assumed role of mental illness. Craig J. Bryan, a leading expert on suicide prevention, argues that most prevention efforts have failed because they disproportionately emphasize mental health-focused solutions such as access to treatment and crisis services. Instead of classifying suicide as a mental health issue, careful analysis of research findings suggest it should instead be seen as a highly complex problem with many risk factors—from personal decision-making styles, to the availability of lethal means, to financial uncertainty. As such suicide rates will not be curtailed by conventional solution-oriented thinking; rather, we need process-based thinking that may, in some cases, defy or contradict many of our long-held assumptions about suicide. Rethinking Suicide interweaves the author's firsthand experiences with explanations of scientific findings to reveal the limitations of widely-used practices and to introduce new perspectives that may trigger a paradigm shift in how we understand and prevent suicide.
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One of the best books in the field
This is perhaps one of the best books I’ve read in the recent years in the field of suicide prevention and research. Evidence-based, innovative, with critical thinking, humane, compassionate, and hopeful.
- Benji & Sari
Love the objectivity in writing style
I am a researcher and work in healthcare so I could understand the mathematical and statistical references in this book, but probably over the head for mainstream populations. However, the analogies and examples given are relatable and understandable to a majority of anyone reading the book. Since it’s on audible, I wasn’t given access to the tables and visual references given and would advice to include as part of the purchase in the future if teaching and education towards health professionals is the goal. My husband is a therapist and both of us would have benefitted substantially from a pdf copy to reference and utilize for the diagrams.