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Sep
22
Welcome to What to Read Wednesday, a series where we suggest different reading material about mental health and wellness. Stay tuned every Wednesday for new recommendations! As we close out Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight r

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday, a series where we suggest different reading material about mental health and wellness. Stay tuned every Wednesday for new recommendations!
As we close out Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight resources for those dealing with suicidal thoughts or ideation. (If you or someone you know is actively struggling, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text “NAMI” to 741-741.)
Today we’re looking at “The Suicidal Mind,” by Edwin S. Shneidman. According to Amazon, “Dr. Shneidman has written a groundbreaking work for every person who has ever thought about suicide or knows anybody who has contemplated it. The book brims with insight into the suicidal impulse and with helpful suggestions on how to counteract it. Shneidman presents a bold and simple premise: the main cause of suicide is psychological pain or "psychache." Thus the key to preventing suicide is not so much the study of the structure of the brain, or the study of social statistics, or the study of mental diseases, as it is the direct study of human emotions. To treat a suicidal individual, we need to identify, address, and reduce the individual's psychache. Shneidman shares with the reader his knowledge, both as a clinician and researcher, of the psychological drama that plays itself out in the suicidal mind through the exploration of three moving case studies.”
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