“Why Suicide?,” Eric Marcus Asks again

You may have heard of Eric Marcus. He is an expert on gay issues and the author of a dozen books, including “Making Gay History” and “Together Forever,” and is coauthor with Greg Louganis of the #1 New York Times bestselling “Breaking the Surface.” He also wrote a book in 1996 called “Why Suicide?: Answers to 200 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Suicide, Attempted Suicide and Assisted Suicide.”

Marcus is coming out with a revised and updated version of this book on September 1, titled “Why Suicide?: Questions & Answers about Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know.”

Here’s the product description:

In our lifetimes 85 percent of us will have some up-close experience with the suicide of someone we know.  And more than 20 percent of us will have a family member die by suicide.  Journalist Eric Marcus knows this better than most people.  In 1970, his father took his life at the age of 44.  In 2008, his 49-year-old sister-in-law took her life as well.

In a completely revised and updated edition of the landmark original WHY SUICIDE?, Eric Marcus offers thoughtful answers to scores of questions about this complex, painful issue from how to recognize the signs of someone who is suicidal to strategies for coping in the aftermath of a loved one’s death.

No matter what the circumstances, those of us who are affected by suicide are left with difficult and disturbing questions: Why did they do it? Was it my fault? What should I tell people when they ask what happened? Is someone who attempts suicide likely to try again? What should I do if I’m thinking of killing myself?

Drawing from his own experience, as well as interviews with people who have been touched by suicide, Eric Marcus cuts through the veil of silence and misunderstanding to bring clarity, reassurance, and comfort to those who so desperately need it.

Marcus recently gave an interview regarding this book to Therese Borchard on beliefnet.com/Psychcentral.

I’m really interested in reading this book, but at the same time, I’m really scared to pick it up. I don’t know if I trust myself to be confronted with this topic so closely. Also, late August was when I had one of my attempts. I just don’t need any ‘temptations’ or triggers around that time. But maybe getting through this book might be a way for me to gain information about it to help me re-evaluate my opinion about suicide.



One Comment to ““Why Suicide?,” Eric Marcus Asks again”

  1. You’re right, it could be a trigger, but it sounds like it’s written from an “outsider’s” point of view: someone who’s never experienced the feelings of wanting to commit suicide but has been the victim of suicide, so it may actually help in understanding what it does to people who love you. Could be a big deterrence? I agree, sounds interesting!

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