The second edition of Dead Serious reflects the changing social and cultural landscape, with a focus on stories and strategies to help you (and adults) prevent problems many young people face before things mushroom out of control.
Dead Serious is not a book about doom and gloom. It’s an intimate look at the lives of today’s teens, like you, the pressures you face, and the many possible combinations of reasons why a teen with her whole life ahead of her falls over the “waterfall.” Yes, some of the stories are sad. But there is always a suggestion or two about what could have been done upstream to prevent the tragedy long before a depressed, troubled teen teetered on the edge of the abyss. Dead Serious is a book about hope and empowerment. It provides tools and strategies to help break the cycle of teen suicide.
Three Big Takeaways
1. Talking about suicide does not make matters worse. What makes matters worse is not talking. That may sound counterintuitive. But more than anything, a person struggling with suicidal thoughts wants someone to listen, to show that they care and that they “get it.” They want help, and you can be the conduit between a friend and a trusted adult.
2. It is never your job to save someone but to connect with a trusted adult who can secure professional help.
3. It is your job to break the code of silence if a friend tells you not to tell anyone else.
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