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Loving Someone with Suicidal Thoughts: What Family, Friends, and Partners Can Say and Do, will be published in January 2023 by New Harbinger Publications. Unlike my previous book for professionals, this one is geared toward loved ones — and others who care about someone who has thoughts of ending their life.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Chapter 1: Why Suicide?
  • Chapter 2: Your Loved One’s Suicidality and You
  • Chapter 3: Managing Your Stress, Fear, and Guilt
  • Chapter 4: Asking Difficult Questions
  • Chapter 5: Brave Listening
  • Chapter 6: Getting Help
  • Chapter 7: Building Safety
  • Chapter 8: After a Suicide Attempt
  • Chapter 9: Coping with Conflict
  • Chapter 10: If You Feel Manipulated…
  • Chapter 11: Fostering Hope
  • Chapter 12: Recovery and Suicidal Thoughts
  • Acknowledgments
  • Resources for People with Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior
  • Resources for People who Love Someone with Suicidal Thoughts
  • References

Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals contains practical tips and clinical anecdotes within 89 brief chapters for psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, school counselors, and other professionals. To learn more, click here or go to

In the meantime, here’s the description on Amazon:

Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person’s suicidal danger and rebuilding the wish to live. The techniques described in the book can be interspersed into any type of therapy, no matter what the professional’s theoretical orientation is and no matter whether it’s the client’s 1st, 10th, or 100th session. Clinicians don’t need to read this book in any particular order, or even read all of it. Open the book to any page, and find a useful tip or technique that can be applied immediately.”