Author: Bryan Craig J.
Package Dimensions: 27x243x449
Number Of Pages: 232
Release Date: 01-11-2021
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An examination of how suicide prevention efforts largely fail due to the mistaken assumption that greater mental health awareness is the key to saving lives.
Over the last two decades, the US suicide rate has steadily grown despite extensive awareness campaigns, wide implementation of suicide prevention programs and initiatives, and increased mental health advocacy. To the confusion and frustration of researchers, healthcare providers, and many others,
these efforts have largely failed to reverse the trend. Why do suicide rates continue to climb despite our best efforts? Why aren’t we better at this? What are we doing wrong?
Rethinking Suicide is a critical examination of what we think we know about suicide, with particular focus on the assumed role of mental illness. Craig J. Bryan, a leading expert on suicide prevention, argues that most prevention efforts have failed because they disproportionately emphasize mental
health-focused solutions such as access to treatment and crisis services. Instead of classifying suicide as a mental health issue, careful analysis of research findings suggest it should instead be seen as a highly complex problem with many risk factors – from personal decision-making styles, to the
availability of lethal means, to financial uncertainty. As such suicide rates will not be curtailed by conventional solution-oriented thinking; rather, we need process-based thinking that may, in some cases, defy or contradict many of our long-held assumptions about suicide.
interweaves the author’s firsthand experiences with explanations of scientific findings to reveal the limitations of widely-used practices and to introduce new perspectives that may trigger a paradigm shift in how we understand and prevent suicide.
“Dr. Bryan offers a much-needed rebuke of the status quo. It will challenge you to rethink suicide prevention at every level, from clinical care to public health campaigns. But most importantly, it provides a roadmap for how to innovate, make use of the latest science in clinical practice and public
health, and make changes that will help save lives.” — M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP, President and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, The University of Memphis
“Dr. Bryan brings tremendous expertise as both an accomplished scientist and an empathic clinician. He describes a complex and sensitive topic DS suicide prevention DS in a way that will connect with readers from all backgrounds.” — Michael Anestis, PhD, Executive Director of the New Jersey Gun
Violence Research Center and Associate Professor of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers University
“A veteran, a seasoned clinician, an esteemed scholar, and an expert on suicide and its prevention, Craig J. Bryan has provided a lucid and thought-provoking book, with significant potential to help right a wrong: Namely, that American losses to suicide approach 50,000 per year, and we need to do
better with more understanding, and with more ways forward.” — Thomas Joiner, PhD, The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University; Author,
Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism
About the Author
Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist and the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. His research on suicide has led to the development and refinement of interventions
that significantly reduce suicidal behaviors, and has been featured in major media outlets including
Scientific American, CNN, Fox News, NPR,
USA Today, the
New York Times, and the
Washington Post. Dr. Bryan has published hundreds of scientific articles and multiple books, and has received numerous
awards and recognitions for this work.
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