Suicide: When It Happens to Someone You Know

ReferencePoint. Feb. 2023. 64p. Tr $32.95. ISBN 9781678203542.
Gr 8 Up–An intense read about a deeply important subject matter. Unlike most books on the topic, this one is written to help the loved ones who continue to grieve. Szumski lost her son to suicide in 2014. She shares her story, along with several others, to illustrate the feelings a loved one may have after a person dies by suicide. Common feelings of grief and loss, as well as feelings of guilt, looking for answers, the aftermath of the suicide, and the hope of moving forward are explored. Written in an easy-to-read format, this book can be part of a helpful path forward for many readers. Also included are many resources for those struggling with mental health issues and their loved ones.
VERDICT A helpful reference guide for collections serving young people.

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