Useful Clinical and Suicide Prevention Links

Useful Clinical and Suicide Prevention Links:

Welcome to our TISA recommendations for outstanding links. Hopefully, the following suggestions will provide a useful introduction to the sometimes bewildering number of mental health links available on the web.

Shawn Shea, M.D.,
July 2017

Recommended Readings

Three categories of books will be listed here:  1) clinical texts for professionals, 2) increased awareness books for the public, and 3) self-help books for clients and survivors.  The comments on the books are the opinions of Dr. Shea, the Director of TISA. There are many more outstanding and useful texts out there that hopefully will be mentioned here in the future. But these selections are a good start. If you have some recommendations for future listings please let us know via our E-mail button.

I. Clinical Texts

1. Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention by Alan L. Berman and David A. Jobes (1991) American Psychological Association Press, Washington,

“Quite simply the best book on adolescent suicide assessment, intervention, and postvention currently available. Written with both compassion and eloquence, it is filled with practical information and sound clinical strategies. It stands as a gift for both the clinicians who read it and for the clients whose lives will be saved by it. We can only hope that a second edition will soon be on its way.”

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2. Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology by Ronald W. Maris, Alan L. Berman, and Morton M. Silverman (2000) The Guilford Press, New York, NY.

“The Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology is a brilliant addition to the study of suicide and its prevention. The editors have skillfully guided the authors to create a remarkably cohesive and comprehensive textbook that is literally packed with immediately useful facts, research findings, and clinical gems. If you wanted to read a single book that weaves together the myriad of sometimes confusing strands of suicidology, this is the book – picture perfect!”

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3. The Harvard Medical Guide to Suicide Assessment and Intervention edited by Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D. (1999) Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco.

“In my opinion this book is not only one of the best references on suicide ever assembled, it is a veritable masterpiece of editing. It is concise yet thorough, remarkably research grounded yet imminently practical, and a joy to read to boot!”

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II. Books to Increase Public Awareness

1. Night Falls Fast by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. (1999) Alfred A. Knopf, New York.

“A profoundly powerful book written with a compelling intensity and a convincing compassion. Night Falls Fast is packed with important information for both the lay public and the professional. Kay Redfield Jamison knows of what she speaks, and she speaks with eloquence of what she knows.”

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III. Self-Help Books for Clients and Survivors

1. Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy by Thomas E. Ellis, Psy.D. and Cory F. Newman, Ph.D. (1996) New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland, California.


“Here is a self-help book that actually provides practical and believable methods for transforming suicidal ideas and the numbing pain that follows in their wake. It is a marvelous tool to counteract the seductive pull of suicide, providing that rarest of commodities – a reason to hope. I feel certain that it has already saved lives, and surely, it will save many more.”

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