Suggested Reading for Survivors

As an additional resource, the following suggested reading lists are available:

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America (113 pages – PDF format)
President George W. Bush created the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health on April 29, 2002 to address the problems in the current mental health service delivery system that allow Americans to fall through the system’s cracks. The President directed the members of the Commission to study the problems and gaps in the mental health system and make concrete recommendations for immediate improvements that the Federal government, State governments, local agencies, as well as public and private health care providers, can implement. This report is the final recommendation.

Bibliography: Suicide
A list of resources including: The Savage God, Step Back From The Exit: 45 Reasons To Say No To Suicide, New Lease On Life, and others.

1. K. Adams, Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners: Understanding Covert Incest, Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc., 1991.

2. A. Alvarez, The Savage God, New York: W.W. Norton, 1971.

3. J. Arena, Step Back From The Exit: 45 Reasons To Say No To Suicide, Milwaukee, WI: Zebulon Press, 1995.

4. S. Blauner, How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention, New York: William Morrow an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2002.

5. J. Chabot, New Lease On Life, Minneapolis: Fairview Press, 1997.

6. J. Clemons, Children of Jonah: Personal Stories by Survivors of Suicide Attempts, Herndon, Virginia: Capital Books, Inc., 2001.

7. T. Ellis and C. Newman, Choosing To Live, Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, 1996.

8. R. Heckler, Waking Up Alive, New York: Balantine Books, 1994.

9. J. Herman, Trauma and Recovery, USA: Basic Books, 1992.

10. K. Jamison, Night Falls Fast, Understanding Suicide, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

11. P. Lopate, On Suicide, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1992.

12. E. Marcus, Why Suicide?, New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

13. R. Maris, Pathways to Suicide: A Survey of Self Destructive Behaviors, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1981.

14. K, Menninger, Man Against Himself, New York: Harcourt Brace, 1938.

15. P. Quinn, Shadow On My Soul: Overcoming Addiction To Suicide, Manchester, CT: Ideas and Trends, Inc., 1995.

16. P. Quinnett, Suicide The Forever Decision, New York: Continuum, 1992.

17. P. Quinnett, Counseling Suicidal People: A Therapy of Hope, Spokane, WA: The QPR Institute, Inc., 2000.

18. K. Taylor, Seduction of Suicide: Understanding and Recovering From Addiction to Suicide, Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library, 2002.

19. K. Tullis, A Theory of Suicide Addiction, Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 5:311-324, 1998.

20. B. van der Kolk, Psychological Trauma, Washington: American Psychiatric Press, 1987.

21. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative, Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2001.

Revised 3/3/03

TSPN Survivor’s Reading List
A list of references developed by a committee of the Northeast Tennessee TSPN Region

Seduction Of Suicide – Understanding and Recovering From Addiction to Suicide
(ISBN: 1-4033-1001-7) by Kevin Taylor, M.D. (Pen Name)
Available at 1stbooks Library. Phone orders: 888-280-7715
Web orders:

Surviving Suicide: My Journey to the Light Within
ISBN: 1-882943-18-X (PCN: 2003104433) by Mary A. Scovel
Published by: Coastal Villages Press, 2614 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29906 (843-525-0075), Fax: 843-525-0000
Mary’s website is:

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon (ISBN-13: 978-1400096428)
Vintage, 2005. Suitable for grades 8 and up. Nominated for a Georgia Peach Award for Young Readers.

Crossing 13: Memoir of a Father’s Suicide by Carrie Stark Hugus (ISBN: 978-0-9815938-0-7)
Affirm, 2008. Reviewed by the American Assoication of Suicidology’s publications committee.