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When It is Darkest: New book by Rory O'Connor

posted Feb 14, 2021, 12:59 PM by Karen Wetherall   [ updated Feb 14, 2021, 1:05 PM ]
When It is Darkest:
Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It

New Book by Rory O'Connor

Publication date: 6th May 2021
Publisher: Vermilion
ISBN-10: 1785043439
ISBN-13: 978-1785043437

When you are faced with the unthinkable, this is the book you can turn to.

Suicide is baffling and devastating in equal measures, and it can affect any one of us: one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Yet despite the scale of the devastation, for family members and friends, suicide is still poorly understood.

Drawing on decades of work in the field of suicide prevention and research, and having been bereaved by suicide twice, Professor O’Connor is here to help. This book will untangle the complex reasons behind suicide and dispel any unhelpful myths. For those trying to help someone vulnerable, it will provide indispensable advice on communication, stressing the importance of listening to fears and anxieties without judgment. And for those who are struggling to get through the tragedy of suicide, it will help you find strength in the darkest of places.

From the Introduction:

"In this book, my aim is to get to the heart of this most tragic of human outcomes, challenging myths and misunderstandings. I also aim to illustrate the vulnerabilities in all of us, but crucially to show how these vulnerabilities can be catalysts to make us stronger. I will take you through the research evidence and the different ways in which we try to understand suicide, but importantly I will also provide a voice for those who are suicidal or who have been bereaved by suicide. I have deliberately steered away from adopting a textbook approach to writing this book. As suicide can affect anyone, I want it to be accessible to as wide a readership as possible."

"If you have ever been suicidal, have lost someone to suicide or are supporting someone who is suicidal or self-harming, my biggest hope is that this book helps, in some small way, in making sense of your own pain or the pain of those who struggle or have lost the battle to live."