4 Books That Sensitively Navigate The Subject Of Suicide

September 10 is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day. The aim of commemorating a day like this is to make society come together to prevent suicides from happening. The day is organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Suicides can be prevented through collective action and awareness. We, as a community, need to be sensitised towards at-risk groups. This day draws attention to mental health as well. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 is ‘creating hope through action’.

As much as a sensitive topic suicide is, it is important to be aware of it and also of the ways you, as an individual, can be of help to that person. If you are not sure how and where to start, it is always advisable to seek an expert’s help for this. You could also join a group that engages in such helpful activities. Or you could also read some books that help you understand this subject better. Now, it does not mean that you have read heavy non-fiction books but rather there are many fictional books written surrounding suicide that might offer some insight and be of help as well.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

The plot of this book revolves around a girl called Nora who tries to die by suicide as she is not happy with her current and is also depressed. But when she tries to, she ends up in a place called the Midnight Library where the books are about the different ways she would have lived her choice, had made the different choices. Now, it is up to her whether she wants to go live an alternative version of her life or just go back to her real one.


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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

This book is also adapted into a coming-of-age film of the same name. The plot revolves around Charlie, a 15-year-old-year high-school goer and how he is always observing and noticing things around him. But in this early stage in life, he has had two traumatising experiences – one, the death of his best friend by suicide and two, the death of his favourite and dearest aunt. The book is all about how Charlie navigates through life and adulthood.


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The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand

This book is the story of Lex whose world is sucked down in a whirlpool after her brother, Tyler, dies by suicide. Her friends start treating her as fragile and she feels like an outcast suddenly. But not everyone knows a secret about the day her brother died. Tyler sent her a text that day that could have changed the entire course of events. And it is because of this secret that Lex is unable to move on in life.


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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

This book is about Theodore Finch and Violet Markey who meet under a very unusual circumstance – both were standing on the ledge of a bell tower. Whereas Theodore is so fascinated by death that he is thinking of new ways to kill himself, Violet is counting the days until when she can finally graduate and get out of town and not be able to deal with the recent death of her sister. Their meetings lead to Violet finally learning to live in the moment and Theodore being his true self around her.

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