STOP Suicide, Words To Hang Onto, a Book of Hope
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Young people often suicide on impulse. They don't really want to die, but they can't see beyond the pain of that particular moment.
This book is for them.
It is a collection of words and sayings to delay and hopefully prevent a suicide. All the feedback so far says that it is doing just that.
Not religious or judgmental, it’s a gentle book, designed to make people feel better. More
This little book is a response to my own feelings of desperation and heartache at the tragedy of youth suicide, of seeing children of my friends, and friends of my children, die. I wanted to give kids something to hang onto, words to hang onto, till the crisis passed. It was published in Tasmania Dec.97 and the first 1000 copies sold in a month. It had 7 editions in all (7000 copies) mostly in Tasmania, and has been out of print since 1999.
Lifelink uses the books by its phones. It is used in most mental health services throughout Tasmania, including psychiatric wards and outpatients’ clinics.
Every High School and College in Tasmania has two copies of the book for their library. God Squad Bikies use the books in their work with young people.
It has found its way into women's refuges, prisons, youth centres, Youth HelpLine, Youth Suicide Task Force, Aboriginal health centres and many schools and colleges throughout Australia. Because young people often suicide on impulse, Anything that can delay them, even for a short time, is important.
Some comments received:
"...This is a delightful, insightful and most wise little book. I have not seen such a resource before which goes to the heart of the matter - the need for affirmations for people with depression and at risk of suicide cannot be overstated. This little book is truly a treasure, and its wisdom is indeed of a depth that will touch people of all ages who are affected by mental health concerns (not just depression and suicidal ideation).
I am particularly glad that the title gives hope.
....It is very balanced in content and the messages are simple and safe.
It is a most important resource. - Jonine Penrose-Wall, National Mental Health Network Coordinator, University of N.S.W.
"This exquisite book certainly makes a wonderful contribution to those who need it and the empathetic sentiments strike a chord in the hardest heart." - Dr. Bryan Walpole, President A.M.A. Tasmania.
"Our girls here really like your book. They find it inspiring. One girl carries a copy everywhere with her in her back pocket." - Youth Worker, Karinya Young Women’s Shelter, Launceston.
"Heather has assembled a quite inspired collection of anecdotes to tackle despair... Her circuit breakers are utterly practical and profound. She has done well in stepping into the shoes of temporary hopelessness, suffered by young and old alike." - Geraldine Doogue, ABC.
"This is a wonderful book. It arrived yesterday -I just couldn’t stop looking at it. I had been wondering how to approach the subject of suicide with my students. This is perfect. Lots of good messages too on self esteem. Thank you." - Gaye Robertson, Librarian, Woodford House School, Havelock North, N.Z.
"I hope that this book achieves the widest possible distribution as it will be an extremely valuable resource, not just for young people but also for parents, teachers, counsellors and others who work with and support young people." - Chris Sidoti, Human Rights Commissioner.
"Stop Suicide " is a most welcome initiate in the face of national concern over youth suicide rates. The content of this little book is a creative approach to promoting positive coping strategies that complements well current clinical practise." Clinical Psychologist, Hobart.
"As a pastor who has long counselled youngsters threatening to take their own lives, and who has buried those who did, I can recommend this work very highly. ....The words of wisdom contained within the pages of "Stop Suicide" should be in the hands of every young person and every parent."
-Editor, Catholic Standard, Hobart.